Like most little boys, I used to love dinosaurs growing up.
They’re giant, reptilian and have cool names. What’s not to like? I liked them so much I used to tell people I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up — because, at the time, I thought that was the name of the profession that involves studying dinosaurs.
My dinosaur obsession ended when I turned about 11 or 12, and since then, I still haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up. But that’s a whole separate issue.
There’s really no reason to hate dinosaurs. The only reason you would is because they are mostly carnivorous creatures that want to eat you. But that fear is allayed by the fact that dinosaurs don’t exist anymore. Ergo, there’s nothing to not like about dinosaurs.
The vast popularity of dinosaurs is what made Jurassic Park a colossal success. Based on the book by the late, great Michael Crichton, the Steven Spielberg-directed 1993 film was a monumental achievement in special effects for its time. The story was compelling and suspenseful. And really, for the first time, people got a dose of what dinosaurs looked like in the flesh, albeit through a movie screen.
Before that, everybody’s perception of what dinosaurs looked like was from pictures in books or the Land Before Time movies.
Remember Littlefoot? Yeah, I just brought back some awesome memories, didn’t I?
But anyway, the subpar Jurassic Park 2 and 3 came out afterwards, and then the movie franchise died.
Until now. Jurassic World premieres this week, and it will undoubtedly be a commercial success. But whenever a film franchise is rebooted, it’s only fair to ask — is it being done simply because it’s a cash cow, or does it stem from a legitimately refreshing and original idea in which to recreate the plot?
Based on recent history, it’s only realistic to believe the former. I’m not saying a bad remake will necessarily ruin Jurassic Park, but is it too much to ask for a reboot to deliver a fresh spin on a classic film, making for a satisfying cinematic experience? As opposed to simply doing the movie over again exactly the same way and wasting everybody’s time?
I’m looking at you, the Amazing Spider Man.
So that’s my conflict. Part of me is excited because I still love dinosaurs. But I’m also wary of it simply being a lazily written reboot that offers nothing new besides updated special effects.
Also weighing the movie towards the plus side is Chris Pratt. He’s pretty much America’s favorite dude right now, or what Seth Rogen was seven years ago.
I’ll also give the trailer credit from stripping down the classic theme music on the piano. That was a nice touch.
Although, one thing that absolutely must — must — be copied from the original is an old bearded man in glasses staring into the distance saying, “Welcome to … Jurassic Park.” (RIP Richard Attenborough.)
We’ll see how it goes. I know the 8-year-old boy inside of me is excited to see a Tyrannosaurus rex in action again.
The 28-year-old side of me, however … is … excited to see a Tyrannosaurus rex in action again.
Yeah, this movie can’t fail.