The Jurassic World 2 trailer has finally dropped and I couldn’t be happier. I am in a minority of people that didn’t really like Jurassic World. I thought it was weirdly written and felt like there were entire character arcs that didn’t need to happen and countless others that absolutely should have happened. Here’s my analysis of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom that shows it will be a far better movie.
1. Claire and Owen aren’t a couple anymore
I felt like from the very moment we saw Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire and Chris Pratt’s Owen on screen together that they had absolutely no chemistry. The writers even acknowledged this by putting in a line about them going on a date and having it suck. Yet by the end of the movie for seemingly no reason at all Owen and Claire were a couple. They even kissed under a giant swarm of pterosaurs when they should’ve been protecting the kids!
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom shows that they no longer have a romantic attachment and even choose to make fun with Owen jokingly asking Claire about who she’s seeing and Claire snapping back “that’s not why we’re here.” Almost to say that a shoehorned romantic subplot “isn’t why we’re here”
2. The kids are gone
The kids didn’t have an obvious place in the first Jurassic World. When dinosaurs were hunting them they showed no signs of being afraid or even interested, and they didn’t teach Claire about the value of motherhood like they teased in the beginning of the movie with the kids’ mother telling Claire that she would want kids one day and to have fun with her nephews. The kids served an obvious purpose in the original Jurassic Park movies to humanize Dr. Grant. In Jurassic World, the kids acted like an emotionless lense of which to show us the Dinosaurs. Taking the kids out of the movie instead of finding a way to sneak them on to the island will give us more opportunities to really feel the tension of being a normal human surrounded by prehistoric lizards that Jurassic World just couldn’t accomplish.
Jurassic World was supposed to be a nostalgia trip for the people that loved the first movies and while they did make callbacks by talking about the original park there weren’t any real connections to the first set of movies. Jurassic World is taking a different approach by giving us Malcolm right out of the gate to get us excited and even including his signature line “life finds a way.” Having this connection (as long as it’s done properly) will make the movie feel like it’s really a part of the Jurassic Park universe and will delight new fans and old.
What do you think of the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer? Let me know in the comments!