Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom released its official trailer December 7.
“A rescue op to save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode. What could go wrong?” Owen Grady
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, AND WHERE
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, and a direct sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World. Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howard‘s daughter) and Chris Pratt reprise their roles as Claire Dearing and Owen Grady. B. D. Wong will portray Dr. Henry Wu again; this is his third appearance as the scientist in the Jurassic Park series. Also returning for the third time will be Jeff Goldblum in a cameo as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
New faces in the movie include James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood, the late John Hammond’s former business partner. Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda appear as scientists in the Dinosaur Protection Group. Geraldine Chaplin and Toby Jones have been cast in undisclosed roles. An examination of the cast list on IMDB’s website reveals several actors listed as foreign criminals and mercenaries.
Since the events of Jurassic World, the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar have been roaming free and wild. A volcano threatens the island. Michael Crichton mentioned in the original novel, published in 1990, that the dinosaur theme park used geothermal power by tapping into the volcano on the island. Claire, now head of the Dinosaur Protection Group, wants to save them. As Owen Grady asks, “What could go wrong?”
Apparently, a lot.
When a franchise has been around long enough, it piles up enough history that it can be compared, both aesthetically and technically, to previous expressions of itself. The results aren’t always wonderful.
Rewind Theatre offers a blow-by-blow analysis of the trailer, as well as some decent questions.
Ars Technica wasn’t impressed by the trailer, calling it “goofy” and complaining that “it looks simultaneously ridiculous and self-important.” Wired Magazine takes a more positive view of the trailer, pointing out that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom appears to address some of the problems of the previous movie, including Claire’s shoes. Nerdist points out that there are several similarities between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Lost World: Jurassic Park; they wondered if this movie — the fifth in the franchise and the third in an intended Jurassic World trilogy — was intended to fix the problems of previous movies.
Its Place in History
When innovation happens in the motion picture industry, it’s almost always the directors and filmmakers driving that change. When production started on the first Jurassic Park movie in 1991, Director Steven Spielberg had originally planned to use a combination of puppets, animatronics and stop motion animation to portray the film’s iconic dinosaurs. Star Wars stop motion animator Phil Tippet had been hired to animate the dinosaurs, and ILM had been retained simply to add motion blur. It was they who came up with the idea of using computer animation for the creatures, and Jurassic Park became a landmark film for computer animation. It was the first time computer animation had been used to create organic, believable on-screen characters in a motion picture*.
“Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free. Life finds a way.” Dr. Ian Malcolm
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is due to be released June 22, 2018, in the United States and June 7, 2018, in Great Britain.
* The first fully computer animated character in a movie of any kind was “Bit”, a simple morphing polyhedron in the 1982 movie Tron, and the first CG character with jointed limbs was the stained glass knight in a hallucination/dream sequence from the film Young Sherlock Holmes in 1985. – ed.