It’s finally happening! We are finally getting a fourth installment to Jurassic Park! Taking place and coming out twenty years after the first one—twenty years, I feel old—the park has finally been opened, because as we learned in the previous three movies, putting a bunch of tourists on an island filled with dinosaurs is a great idea. But who cares about that leap in logic? Jurassic World looks awesome.
Jurassic Park is responsible for my childhood obsession with dinosaurs that continues to this day. Out of every franchise I’ve ever been part of, this is the one that makes me happiest and launched any interest I have in science. Because it’s got dinosaurs. And I can only hope that Jurassic World lives up to the hype.
The Jurassic Park franchise has always been a fun, family adventure experience. The first movie was the most amazing thing ever, and while both sequels thus far have been fairly poor, they were also enjoyable in their own way. However, this series has never been the best thing to watch for scientific accuracy, and that seems to be its biggest criticism. So let’s talk science!
The science behind the movies is literally impossible—and while I am more than willing to suspend my disbelief for dinosaur DNA still being viable after 65+ million years (even though DNA only has a half-life of 521 years), Jurassic Park likes to push its boundaries. For the whole two of you who haven’t seen the first movie, Jurassic Park is about a wealthy investor who finds some dinosaur DNA and pays a bunch of scientists to clone it. He has dreams of opening up a theme park on an island, but things go awry, the dinosaurs get loose, and people are eaten. He initially finds the DNA from a mosquito fossilized in sap—and thankfully, this mosquito has bitten and drank from every marketable dinosaur that ever existed, including dinosaurs from multiple periods, such as both the stegosaurus and the tyrannosaurus, the former of which was already dead and fossilized by the time the latter came about. And even thought it’s called Jurassic Park, most of the featured dinosaurs we see are from the Cretaceous Period. And numerous, numerous other problems that I couldn’t possibly mention in one post.
Jurassic World seems to have no desire to address those issues—though, to be fair, we knew significantly less about dinosaurs twenty years ago than we do today, and the new movie is probably just trying to preserve continuity. And in keeping with the themes of the older movies, this time around, the scientists behind the theme park are still turning out bad idea after bad idea, and have taken to cloning more dangerous predators, including a marine dinosaur that I think is called tylosaurus (when did the mosquito have time to bite something that lives underwater?). However, probably the worst idea that these scientists had is to create a genetically modified carnivorous hybrid that’s super smart, presumably because they never saw what a bad idea sharktopus was.
I can safely say that I am not at all interested in seeing a hybrid dinosaur, if only because I find myself questioning the decision process behind it. It doesn’t even seem like a bad idea; it seems like an obviously bad idea. But despite all that, this movie still looks amazing. I’m so excited for it that I cannot even bring myself to groan at its mostly white cast or the fact that our main character is once again a cishet man. (Here’s a fun fact that Saika pointed out to me, though: a dinosaur has never killed a woman in the whole franchise.) None of the movies thus far have been the best at representation and they constantly test an audience’s ability to suspend disbelief. I highly doubt that Jurassic World will be much different. Despite that, this movie just looks like a lot of fun, and I can hardly believe that it’s been two decades since the first one. Jurassic Park is the most amazing franchise to ever exist, in my humble opinion, and dinosaurs are awesome.