After being stuck in development hell for 10 years, Jurassic World absolutely smashed the box office. Its combination of nostalgia appeal and glossy new special effects made it the most successful film of 2015, grossing $651 million domestically and $1.6 billion worldwide. So a sequel was a dead cert, and Jurassic World 2 will storm into cinemas in July 2018. The production team are already talking big changes to the plot for the sequel, even suggesting that this film may not feature a dino theme park. And now it seems like there'll be a distinct shift in dynamic when it comes to the protagonists...
Claire Mirrors The Changing World
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Jurassic World and its representation of gender dynamics, dating right back to the first clip that was released from the film. Although the film won the hearts of diehard fans and new audiences alike, its release only heralded a resurgence in the gender debate. Of course it wasn't all fierce arguments on the internet - this is perhaps the highlight of the discussion...
Although the "running in heels" argument was definitely at the epicentre of the controversy, there was actually a lot more to discuss when it came to Claire's characterisation. Most people pointed out that she was demonised for having a career, and not having time to take care of her visiting nephews what with having a gigantic theme park to run and all. Of course, when those dinosaurs started eating people (who would have expected it?!), Claire finally found the time to embrace a more nurturing role as she protected the children in their fight for survival.
But perhaps this is the wrong analytical standpoint to take: Colin Trevorrow intended Claire to represent a lot of the main themes of the plot, and as the story progresses she will apparently start to take up a more leading role.
"Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world. Owen has shit to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening it’s different than the previous films."
Considering much of the next film will be concerned with the consequences of the events in Jurassic World, it's likely we'll see Claire try to prevent the next inevitable tragedy, as more corporations start messing with her company's technology. And we all know what that means...
Yup, that's what's coming next! We don't know a lot about the plot of Jurassic World 2, but Colin Trevorrow does intend to work towards an eventual future where dinosaurs and humans live in harmony. Of course, there are a few roadblocks on the road to that dream, and as more companies get hold of the dinosaur creating technology, the future might be a lot more dangerous than Claire and Owen hoped.
"There are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power, and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it, and later on we found it could be used for energy. What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"
The original Jurassic Park films, as fantastic as they were, did repeat the structure of "man creates dinosaurs, dinosaurs eat man". To continue the franchise it makes sense to continue the story, imagining the wider worldwide applications of this technology. So what does this mean for Claire's story?
Claire actually does a lot more than just run around in heels in the first Jurassic World film. When everything starts to go nuts she's the one to order the evacuation, and she has the brilliant (albeit terrifying) idea to release the original T Rex to hunt the mutant Indominus Rex. That's some pretty badass stuff right there.
If Trevorrow's claim that Claire "mirrors the changing world" is anything to go by, Claire will have to lead the charge in preventing the next disaster in Jurassic World 2. After all, what better way to follow through with this theme than to have Claire herald the eventual harmony between humans and dinosaurs? Dr Ellie Sattler said it best...
Now that she's free from those pesky heels, there's nothing Claire can't accomplish!
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