A lot of folks may look back on Jurassic World as a bit of an underwhelming, overrated misstep, but there’s no denying that the film made a whole boatload of money, making the continuation of the franchise inevitable. However, just because it’s a sequel, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be nothing but a retread of the original.
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With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the horizon, producer Colin Trevorrow discussed some of the similarities and differences in the message of the sequel compared to the 2015 original.
“To me it’s about greed. The first film is about how if there’s money on the table, there will be somebody who will do the worst imaginable things, or in a lot of cases, the dumbest imaginable thing in order to get that money. [Fallen Kingdom] focuses a little bit more on our responsibility for these animals that we’ve made as a result of that greed, but also just the darkest and worst instincts of humans, again, when there’s money involved.”
Sounds like they’re working pretty well to keep this entire idea more grounded in the greed of humanity, rather than just going bigger and bigger. So if you were expecting to see them become more human in nature, it doesn’t sound like they’re heading in that direction.
“It’s important that we keep it at least grounded in a space where the dinosaurs are a parable for animals in the world today. I think that, ultimately, when people are able to watch this film and where this franchise is going, it really is about the ethical treatment of animals in the world and our responsibility to the living creatures that we share the planet with, alongside our responsibility to the planet itself. I think the riding of a T. rex by a soldier is a level of fantasy that is … I love it and I would love to see it, I don’t know if it’s specifically this franchise, but it’s super cool.”
This all sounds pretty intriguing, but the real saving grace of this film is its director J.A. Bayona, whose beautiful A Monster Calls showed what a deft filmmaker he could be. So long as he brings his sensibilities, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom could be an unexpected classic.