Jurassic World: A Fun Monster Movie

For starters, this is the nicest review I could come up with. I hated the sexism and cheesy acting in the movie, and I was actually rooting for the monsters and not the humans. Running in high heels? Really? I will restrain my anger for now, though.

I had the opportunity to see World with a couple of good friends. Although the movie has really inaccurate depictions of dinosaurs, it isn’t (hopefully) supposed to be factual. The movie really ends up being about respect for the natural world. Indominus rex was created in order for the park to reap in cash, and is treated by many of the characters as just an “asset.” The animal escapes its cage, killing anything it can get its hands on. During this process, the Jurassic World staff learn that the genetically modified animals they call dinosaurs are living, breathing animals, and not just money-making attractions. Indominus rex is the manifestation of the greed of humanity, a theme common in all of the Jurassic Park movies.

Even though World isn’t factual, it definitely hits upon some important issues coming up in modern society. World isn’t meant to be an all-around-science-based movie, – Jurassic Park wasn’t either – but it is good that we paleontologists and paleo-enthusiasts point out its inaccuracies. Many outside our field, I’m afraid, most likely does not understand the magnitude by which the JW monsters differ from their real counterparts. Some people are just hooked onto the Jurassic Park portrayals of dinosaurs, arguing against actual scientists in order to keep images of scaly, hand-pronating dinosaurs around. Jurassic World, though not meant to be a science-based film, would be greatly improved with accurate depictions of dinosaurs, surprising us just as the original surprised with the most up-to-date dinosaurs on the big screen in 1993.

Growl!

Growl!

2 comments

  1. A while back, I saw what the ultra-theropod from this movie would look like and I wrote a post about it. In essence, I wrote that I was really disappointed with its appearance, since it was more monster-like than dinosaur like.

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    1. Yeah. That’s what #BuildaBetterFakeTheropod is for! Indominus rex was quite a disappointment. I mean, there are many other cool theropods which did exist that Jurassic World could have used instead. The design of the Indominus literally looks like someone stuck the head of a Carcharodontosaurus onto Godzilla. They had so many other awesome options for a genetically modified dinosaur, like, I don’t know, a giant dryptosaur with crazy feathers, an incredibly intelligent dwarf tyrannosaur, or even a parasitic alvarezsaur. I mean, the design of Indominus is just an uncreative hodgepodge of a Tyrannosaurus and a Giganotosaurus, with some spikes slapped on here and there to make it look “scarier”.

      EDIT: I just read your review. I love mosasaurs too, and the fact that the species shown in the movie (Mosasaurus hoffmannii) existed in the Northeastern US during the Late Cretaceous is pretty awesome. I really need to do an Antediluvian Beasts on M. hoffmannii. One of these days…

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