The full title would have been, "The New Jurassic World Trailer and Why the Critics Need to Shut Up
," but I didn't have room for that. As of writing this, the first teaser trailer for Jurassic World
has yet to release (we've still got a few more days to wait), but a teaser of the teaser (don't ask) did release today, which you can view here
if you haven't seen it yet. This "teaserception trailer" is literally only a mere twenty seconds long, but it has already sparked a wildfire of critics shredding it and by extension Jurassic World
apart. The two main criticisms I've heard so far are that the dinosaurs are inaccurate and the CGI is bad.
Where should I start?
"The dinosaurs are inaccurate." The majority, if not all, of the more anal paleontology enthusiasts on the Internet were already pretty upset with Jurassic World
after director Colin Trevorrow Tweeted "No feathers. #JP4
" back in March 2013, which set the stage for Jurassic World
deliberately taking a different direction than depicting its dinosaurs "accurately" in accordance with paleontology's current understanding of dinosaurs. The new teaserception trailer has only reaffirmed that, showcasing clearly featherless ornithomimosaurs. I can only shake my head in disbelief at this criticism. THIS IS JURASSIC PARK
. THE "DINOSAURS" ARE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED THEME PARK MONSTERS. Jurassic Park III
(as much as most fans dislike it) established that. Hell, even the ORIGINAL Michael Crichton novel established that. It's been a while since I've read the novel, and I've only read it once, but I do remember something about the InGen geneticists having tailored their dinosaurs' genetics to look more like the culturally recognizable idea of dinosaurs of the time (1980s-90s), as opposed to recreating them as faithfully as possible to their prehistoric counterparts. The "dinosaurs" of Jurassic Park
and now Jurassic World
are man-made monsters catering to a scientifically ill-informed audience. It is what the park guests want to see, so it is what the park is offering them. It's business. InGen and whatever the new organization is are essentially service-providing businesses, like any theme park or zoo is. I want a movie with paleontologically accurate dinosaurs in it as much as the next paleontology enthusiast, but I'm not going to hold a movie accountable for accuracy that wasn't supposed to be accurate in the first place. Jurassic Park
is a cautionary tale about the foolishness of tampering with nature, it is not about pioneering the cultural view of dinosaurs. The latter is what the first Jurassic Park
film dared to accomplish in the early 1990s, but the field of paleontology has advanced far beyond that, and Jurassic World
is keeping Jurassic Park
set on its original course. It is introducing a new fictional dinosaur (as if all the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park
aren't fictional to begin with--ooh, suck it up buttercup
) called "Diabolus rex" (or D-rex), which is an amalgamation of raptor, T. rex
, snake, and cuttlefish DNA. It is clearly the next step up in carrying the message of Jurassic Park
into a new generation. We all should have seen it coming, a hybridized monster embodying everything Jurassic Park
stands for, the foolishness of tampering with nature
. I personally am very optimistic, and indeed very excited, about what Jurassic World
has to offer the franchise.
"The CGI is bad." While it can be difficult to suspend one's disbelief for a movie with unrealistic special effects, and thus more difficult to engage oneself in the movie, I don't think it's fair to be judging the special effects of Jurassic World
for the few short seconds of actual special effects we can see in the teaserception trailer, especially
considering the movie is still months away from its theatrical release and most definitely has much more editing and refining to go through before it is remotely a final product. Personally, I think the CGI looks gorgeous considering it's still months away from completion. Teaser trailers are always thrown together long before the movie's theatrical release, and variously contain unrefined scenes, cut scenes, and even scenes developed specifically for the teaser trailer itself that were never intended to be contained within the actual movie whatsoever. We still have a long time to wait until we see newer trailers showcasing more refined special effects, and ultimately the movie itself in all its glory.
The critics need to shut up and wait for the movie to release in theaters. Don't judge a book by its cover, especially an unfinished