Have you been to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ?
Itching to talk about it? Then let’s start here….
Warning – this article contains massive spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. (For those especially who have not seen the movie yet?)
Jurassic Park 5. Jurassic World 2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Chris Pratt's Dinosaur Apocalypse. Whatever you choose to call the latest installment in the long-running franchise, it's sure to be one of the summer blockbuster season's biggest movies nabbing $151.1 million.
“Welcome to Jurassic World”
All right, so we're back at Jurassic World, except now the tables have turned and the dinosaurs are the ones in trouble, as the volcano on Isla Nubar threatens imminent eruption. Our heroes set out to rescue the de-extincted from a second extinction - which we're supposed to believe is a good idea.
If you've seen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, then you'll probably know all this.
Almost too silly right? I thought so. But I must admit by the end it won me over.
No more hybrids
Well, except that Colin Trevorrow has said he’s somewhat done with dino hybrids. Talking to Total Film magazine, he said:
I’m looking forward to, in the third film, getting a little back into the Paleontological, wild animal, true dinosaur nature of all of it,” and said that he’d been very careful and tentative about the whole hybrid plotline stuff. That doesn’t actually mean there won’t be another Indoraptor of course, but we’re unlikely to encounter a Triceri-raptor Rex or similar. Cool though that would be.
Lockwood’s daughter/granddaughter Maisie (Isabella Sermon) provided one of the movie’s biggest twists. Turns out she’s a clone - Lockwood’s child was killed in a car crash but he had the means and so opted to use her DNA to create a new version which he raised as a granddaughter. This is apparently why he and Hammond fell out (because it’s totally fine to create an entire island populated with dinosaurs which inevitably causes havoc and massive loss of life but bringing back your own kid is a travesty. Whatever Hammond).
The very end of Fallen Kingdom includes a lingering shot close up of Maisie’s eye. The camera holds on this frame for so long that I totally expected a second dino-style eyelid to flash across her eye. It didn’t happen but the implication that her DNA might not be entirely human was certainly teased.
This is less of a leap than it sounds. A very early draft of what turned into Jurassic World featured human-dino hybrids, although these were less 'adorable little girl with intriguing eyes' and more 'ferocious Minotaur'. Or Manosaur if you like.
The meddling with DNA and merging of the species could be a direction Trevorrow takes. Talking to EW he said:
If I could contextualize each film, I would say Jurassic World was an action adventure, Fallen Kingdom is kind of a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World 3 will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was."
Yes, there's a post-credits sting, right at the very end! But it doesn't actually set up a great deal. Instead it's kind of a gag which speaks to a particular horror trope. After the credits we see pterodactyls flying round a tower, which is revealed to be the Eiffel Tower! Have the dinos spread to France already? Well in fact no, it turns out it's the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. It's a nice touch which still teases the idea that with flying dinosaurs it wouldn't take much of a stretch for them to begin to reach other countries and co-inhabit the world.
Arguably, the scene doesn’t add much, but anyways enjoy the movie folks!!