The online critics haven’t been too kind to Jurassic World, the Jurassic Park sequel opening in theaters June 12th. They’ve been slamming everything from the early trailers to the (unfinished) CGI, the weak poster art, and even an alleged misogynistic clip with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
With the release only a few months away, Universal Pictures is hoping to silence the critics with this new “world trailer” premiere that boasts a plethora of chaos and dinosaur destruction. There’s a lot of really interesting story plots revealed, one that focuses on the new dinosaur. As we should all know by now, the Jurassic World scientists create a hybrid with DNA from various dinos. The trailer reveals that new dinosaur attractions aren’t enough to keep customers coming (a ridiculous notion by itself), so they are forced to play God and create this Indominous Rex (the elusive D-Rex). What happens, according to the trailer, is that it’s too big, fast, smart and strong for them to contain, so it gets loose on the park. While the visitors are in danger, the trailer also reveals that the Indominous Rex is also killing all of the park’s dinos “for sport”. As this is going on, life repeats itself as a few unlucky humans are trapped in the park, cowering in fear, as the creations are running amoke around them. Apparently, Chris Pratt’s ability to tame Velociraptors is the only way to save the day (gathering this from the trailer).
The footage does look crazy, and the CGI is remarkably better (clearly the work is close to or actually finished), but I’m not impressed. Honestly, I’m feeling disappointed and even a bit worried. First, I think Universal revealed way too much, which is just going to take away from the initial viewing impact. Second, I’m not exactly sure what they’ve done to further the story as it really does feel like a rehash with a new dinosaur (many of the trailer moments even look similar to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park). But the thing that annoys me most of all is the CGI.
We’re talking about dinosaurs here, and while I don’t expect the filmmakers to build life-sized animals, I do expect them to retain some of the spirit of the original. When the first film was made, Spielberg couldn’t utilize CGI the way we can now, but I refuse to believe he would have done things differently. Everything in the trailer, whether it is or not, looks like it’s CGI. It all looks fake. Go back and watch some clips from Jurassic Park. What you’ll notice is that extreme close-ups of various dinosaurs are physical props. There were Raptor claws created for effect right down to a giant T-Rex head that was used for the iconic attack scene when the park’s security is shut down. When I see a movie that’s littered in CGI is looks like a video game to me. Jurassic World looks like a video game to me. And I don’t care how good the CGI is, there’s nothing in the trailer that suggests an ounce of realism. When this happens, my brain checks out, and I’m worried that this is going to happen when I’m in a theater, too…
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Nick Robinson all star.