Excuse me, are there going to be any dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour?”
— Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park
Having birthed the summer blockbuster phenomenon with Jaws in 1975, Steven Spielberg delivered the last of his true summer blockbusters, Jurassic Park, almost 20 years later in the summer of 1993. Based on a Michael Crichton novel’s killer premise (that supplied just enough real science to fully suspend our disbelief) and with all of that magical Spielberg Saturday Matinee DNA intact (encased in amber, actually), Steven thrilled us all one last time with an action adventure tour de force that would end up not only breaking attendance records globally but would, more significantly, inspire an entire new generation of up and coming filmmakers to embrace CGI as a truly legitimate storytelling tool. It’s not that Steven Spielberg stopped making films of course, it’s just that he has been making serious films for adults for the most part and has never fully embraced the high concept summer thrill ride ever again. Peter Pan gives way to Peter Banning. Everyone has to grow up.
The second and third installments of the Jurassic Park adventure never really got the formula quite right and Universal has wisely given the dinosaurs a rest for quite a while. But we now have our first look at a brand new starting point for the Jurassic Park franchise.
Just a few seconds of being back in the control room on Isla Nublar with a very worried Chris Pratt seems to have struck a chord with audiences. There’s an immediate sense that all of the lawyer-eating first kill magic is back again. It’s way too early to tell, and maybe we have to embrace a little of Dr. Ian Malcolm‘s chaos theory here, but Jurassic World might just have all of the right elements to bring our most hopeful dinosaur dreams back to life.
Summer is over this time around, but let’s all grab the last of the ice cream before it melts (and maybe put some in the hot chocolate?) and re-watch the original “Jurassic” this weekend. John Hammond would want it that way.
- If you were to decide on the Dinosaur DNA mash up in Jurassic World what would your Dinosaur creation mash up look like?
- Do you want the dinosaurs to be more realistic and have feathers?
- Please post your favorite dinosaur deviation in the comments.