The trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has finally been released. This comes after a number of leaks in the past few weeks, putting pressure on Universal Pictures to release the trailer in its entirety.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is going to be the fifth edition to the Jurassic Park franchise and a direct sequel to Jurassic World, the 2015 reboot directed by Colin Trevorrow. The film seems like it will be taking a significantly different tone to the previous film, as it trades in the bright and clean aesthetics of Jurassic World away and is instead set in the abandoned remains of the park. In addition, Colin Trevorrow stepped down from being director and has been replaced by J. A. Bayona.
Some plot details about this new instalment have already been released: set a few years after Jurassic World, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is now a dinosaur rights activist following the closure of the park. Rather than campaigning for interspecies marriage rights or bathroom privileges, Dearing’s main concern is that Isla Nublar, the island full of dinosaurs, is set to explode as the volcano at the island is about to violently erupt. Recruiting Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), Dearing and a team of others are heading to the island to rescue as many dinosaurs as they can. From the trailer, we can gather that the relationship between Grady and Blue, the only surviving raptor of his little death machine crew from the last film, with be a prominent aspect of the movie.
This may all sound a wee bit familiar to fans of the original series, in which the sequel to the film set in a functioning park featured our heroes travelling to an underdeveloped island full of wild dinosaurs with the aim of rescuing them from an greater threat, in Lost World’s case humans and in this case fiery lava death. It seems that, just like with Star Wars, Hollywood now thinks that the best way to reboot a series is to just remake the plot of the originals beat for beat, which is disappointing. Well, at least Universal are also still dealing out heavy doses of fan service, with Jeff Goldblum returning as Dr Ian Malcolm in what is sadly rumoured to just be a glorified cameo. It seems to be a rather cynical move just to shove him in the trailer and have him repeat one of his famous lines from the original Jurassic Park.
The trailer does seem to give a greater emphasis on the actual dinosaur part of these dinosaur films, something that I felt was lacking in Jurassic World. The original Jurassic Park was so fantastic because it portrayed the dinosaurs as intoxicating, magical creatures as well as being highly dangerous animals. This meant the audience was captivated as much as the characters, but Jurassic World largely seemed to skip over the “magical” part in favour of more violence and callbacks to the first film. I really hope there are more moments sprinkled into Fallen Kingdom that showcase different dinosaurs being majestic and peaceful.
Jurassic World is set for release on June 22 2018. Please also check out the trailer below: