– “Jurassic World, the world after” will he save the cinema?
Steven Spielberg isn’t directing this final installment in the second trilogy, but Hollywood wants to believe in the power of giant lizards.
“Rule number one, don’t take a selfie with the dinosaurs…” In the first chapter of the second Jurassic Park trilogy, Hollywood attempts to recreate the magic that enchanted theaters in 1993.
Remember the Manitou Steven Spielberg, expert on the Survive Way “Jaws”, releases his prehistoric bestiary with a breathtaking realism of “never seen”. The director acquired the rights to the novel from Michael Crichton for $1.5 million. The blockbuster, based on the writer’s romantic scientific vision, grossed more than $1 billion.
Back then, the ingenious do-it-yourself that presided over the reconstitution of this fantasized era is considered a revolution. Its subject remains true to the zeitgeist, the drift of genetic manipulation. For the long shots, George Lucas oversees computer-generated imagery from Industrial Light & Magic, while Stan Winston manages the close-ups with animatronic creatures. Enough to trigger an ongoing Dinomania embedded in two sequels in 1997 and 2001, and a variety of derivatives of all kinds.
Break of almost fifteen years
Despite increasingly critical scenarios of amusement parks, mad scientists and temple traders, success is waning and it is necessary to wait for the arrival of 3D to give teeth to the reptilian giants. After a disappointing reformat in 2013 “Jurassic World” Take on the world again in 2015 with a new trilogy, the conclusion of which is out today.
True to the original matrix but rich in contemporary themes, this second cycle develops crucial debates for future generations – a familiar tune. Thus, domesticated birds of prey become weapons of war, barbarism reserved for animal husbandry, poaching and other clandestine trades, etc. Society is castigated in general for its cynical cruelty and especially for its inherent stupidity, which leads to its downfall. The element of surprise has faded, but the technological prowess remains.
trivialization of dinosaurs
So from the “world after”. In this direct sequel to the last episode, the dinosaurs have relaxed into a forced coexistence with men. Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, wild creatures are spreading everywhere, in the jungles of Central America, the Mojave Desert or the hills of Moldova, the Sierra Nevada mountains, in Texas or even in Malta.
A laboratory imagined creating giant and prehistoric locusts, here they threaten the crops of the whole planet. At the same time, Blue’s baby, that human-sympathetic Velociraptor, is kidnapped by poachers… just like Owen and Claire’s daughter. Like déjà vu in adventure cinema, only here everything is told on a larger-than-life screen.
Amusing paradox, while the seventh art made dinos its heroes, modern paleontologists have trivialized the prehistoric era. Using cinematographic means, scientists are reconstructing the behavior of its residents and are now producing models that remind the gifted Hollywooders of the last century of lovable amateurs.
Random off several documentaries On that subject, just watch a few episodes of Prehistoric Planet, a BBC production by Jon Favreau that just released on Apple TV to gauge progress on a visual level. From now on, the paleontological popularization film combines the latest findings on all fronts, from photorealistic engineering to scientific knowledge, and ensures an increasingly believable immersion.
No doubt this explains the addition of seven new dinosaur species in this sixth film to bolster the poster for the Cretaceous 65 million years ago. Alongside the franchise’s usual favorites, T-Rex, Velociraptor and mosasaurare thus signalled dreadnoughtusmassive herbivores of the type Brachiosauruswhose bones were discovered in 2005.
The Pteranodons, those flying beasts in the last two episodes, find their master in the Quetzalcoatluseven more imposing while the cute oviraptor, a dinosaur egg dumper, hops into his down. Not to be confused with another feathered one discovered only two years ago, the Intrepid Morosthat looks like a pocket-sized T-Rex.
The flock is renewed. And with good reason… “The Next World” is also that of a film planet decimated by the pandemic. Declining attendance, damaged Hollywood production chain and other historical uncertainties… so many parameters that drive the release of event films that are likely to give exhibitors a boost. And in this case some feathers.
Cecile Lecoultreof Belgian origin, graduate of the University of Brussels in Art History and Archaeology, has been writing in the Culture Department since 1985. She has a passion for literature and cinema…among others!