Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t what I could call a fantastic film. Our own Nick Doll gave the film a middling C, and while I do think I enjoyed the film a bit more than he did, there are still real problems to it that I feel make that rating more than justified. That being said, there are still some aspects to the movie I found incredibly moving, and like many, the big moment revolved around the destruction of Isla Nublar.
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As our heroes depart on the ship away from the island, we see the thick cloud of dust envelop a lone brachiosaurus, who stands up on its hind legs and gives out one final bellow before succumbing to the forces of nature. It’s done in an incredibly touching — if not emotionally manipulative — way that gives a real weight to the island’s destruction. It was easily the most moved I was the film, but speaking with Empire, director J.A. Bayona says that dinosaur is no stranger to the silver screen.
“That’s the brachiosaurus that Alan Grant saw for the first time in Jurassic Park. I think it’s a beautiful moment — it’s sad but it’s beautiful, and it’s so relevant.”
This makes that moment all the more heartbreaking for me. And to top it off, it stands up on its hind legs in the same way it did when we first saw it? That’s it, I’m done. If that doesn’t at least tug on your heartstrings a little, I don’t know what will.
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