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Jurassic World: Loving tribute or tied to the past?

November 26, 2014

The Jurassic World trailer has just been released, and I'm a huge Jurassic Park fan, so this is a good day! It's just a teaser trailer, so I'm going to reserve judgement until the actual film comes out, but so far it looks an awful lot like Spielberg's Jurassic Park. And by an awful lot, I mean, film grammar, shot composition: in some instances, near identical. Take a look:

At this stage, I'm hoping that it really is a teaser and that the 'hybrid' dinosaur doesn't let this thing devolve into a plain monster-movie mess. Michael Crichton (and Spielberg and co's) appeal is that they could talk about current themes at the time (genetic engineering, corporate hubris and greed, people playing god), so I hope that this film not only captures the spirit of the original, but has something of its own to say. The trailer is a lot of nostalgia, and besides the compelling idea that somehow the park has been restored and John Hammond's vision fulfilled, I'm not sure what else we can expect. Below are nine comparison shots between the original Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.

Looking back on the original, I love that they built so much of it for real. If there's any proof from these comparisons of the virtues of the original, it's those giant King Kong-like doors. In the original, they really built that. In this sequel/remake, the shot looks entirely CG.

Composition, direction, movement, all a tribute to the original.

The above (real) shot gives me goosebumps in a way the below never could.

I really like Jurassic World's take on this one though - a nice juxtaposition. The terror of the first film is now an attraction.

The jeeps are replaced by sci-fi orbs, kinda cool 90s vs 2010s tech idea.

With B.D. Wong cast in the new film, I hope we get his story to see what happened to Henry Wu in the intervening years.

Bryce Dallas Howard screaming 'Run' echoes Laura Dern's line from the original.

Chris Pratt looks happier around his raptors than they did outrunning a T-Rex.

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