Sunday, June 21, 2015

My favorite goofs from Jurassic World

I thoroughly enjoyed Jurassic World when I saw it in theaters this past weekend. In 1993, Steven Spielberg brought Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park to life. For the first time ever, audiences—including a kindergartener named Andrew—saw something so amazing, they wanted so hard to believe it could be real.

Two lackluster sequels later, audiences finally have the opportunity to see something that is worthy of being included in the Jurassic franchise. Jurassic Park's dinosaurs are much more life-like because they used puppets and animatronics, whereas Jurassic World makes near-exclusive use of computer-generated images (CGI). Still, this new movie is full of fun and excitement. Chris Pratt's playful banter and all-around manliness and Bryce Dallas Howard's portrayal of an uptight career-woman may be somewhat stereotypical, but I, for one, appreciate a little old-fashioned man's-man-rescues-damsel-in-distress action.

Any science fiction/adventure film requires we suspend our disbelief, but even still, there were a number of moments in the film that I thought, "What?" Although these didn't keep me from having a good time, here were my favorite "goofs."

WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW!

1. What happened to Christmas?

At the beginning of the film it's established that it's Christmastime. There's snow in the U.S., and there's Christmas music playing in the airport where two young brothers say goodbye to their parents on their way to the park. But that's the end of any reference to Christmas. I realize Jurassic World is on a tropical island, but don't theme parks decorate for and run special events to recognize and take advantage of the holidays?

2. Why didn't they check the tracking implant?

The hybrid Indominous-Rex (I-Rex) seemingly escapes from its paddock because they can't see it on their heat scanners. Rather than immediately verify its location by its tracking implant (which they do as soon as it really escapes), they go right into the paddock to check out the spot where they think the I-Rex climbed out. Because of this, the non-Chris Pratt characters inside the paddock get eaten and they let the dinosaur out of its cage to wreak the havoc that ensues throughout the rest of the movie. Don't you think you'd want to know where the creature was before poking around inside its cage?

3. Why abandon a search-and-rescue mission to watch a dinosaur die?

Imagine that you knew your nephews were alone in the jungle with a ravenous I-Rex on the loose, and you're partially to blame for it. Then imagine you convince Chris Pratt to take you out there to find them and bring them back to safety. Would you take time out of your search to cuddle a dying apatosaurus while they were still in danger? I realize the filmmakers were trying to show us how Bryce Howard's character starts to see the dinosaurs as real animals, but, come on, is that more important than saving some kids?

4. Why is everyone so miserable?

Remember, Jurassic World is on an island. With hotels. We even see the inside of one of the VIP suites, and they "spared no expense." So how come, when they're waiting to evacuate the island and there are dinosaurs on the loose, everyone sits around looking hot and miserable when they could go back to their posh hotel and wait out the dino-disaster in style? Everyone is in the main commercial area of the island, and with the exception of Jimmy Buffet drinking martinis, most look miserable. If all the attractions were closed, wouldn't you just go back to the hotel and enjoy the cable TV and air conditioning?

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