Jurassic World is not a good movie. Why? Is it the bad acting? The terrible writing? The bland and forgettable story? The fact that, as the movie acknowledges, dinosaurs aren’t as impressive as they used to be, now that we’ve all seen what CG can do? Well, yes, of course. But we don’t do film live-action critique here; that’s not my thing. But we can occasionally look at one particular aspect of a film. And that’s what we’re doing today!
So what is it this time? The way CG is used? The attempt to make a movie most appealing to nostalgic adults kids friendly? The medley of issues rebooting an old cash cow and a cynical examination of such? Nope, we’re talking about Lee. What, you don’t know who Lee is? Come on guys, he was practically the star of the movie! He was one of the troopers killed by the Indominus rex! His name was clearly on screen for like, two and a half seconds! Come on guys.
But why is Lee important? Well, in a movie, or any kind of story, it’s generally good to get the audience emotionally invested in what happens to the main characters. This is best done with good acting, or engaging writing, but uhh… (man, I almost feel bad bashing this movie so much) Jurassic World doesn’t really have those things.
So, what’s left? Well, if you want to make the audience invest in the characters, it helps to have high stakes, and something like Jurassic World gets to have the highest of stakes; the entire cast constantly has their lives on the line. Which brings us back to Lee.
See, when Lee and all his buddies (except Craig, Craig was no one’s buddy, the asshole) are killed with only a few seconds between them, not enough time to let there be any real impact, the movie immediately makes death same like it’s no big deal. It’s just an expected consequence of dealing with Indominus.
Obviously, that’s meant to hype up the big dinosaur, but did it really need it? I mean, you’ve got a massive killing machine, with the claws, and the teeth, and all the things that would make professor Frink upset. We get it; it’s supposed to be scary. It’s kinda not, even after seeing it kill off all those people, but the killing didn’t change much. All it succeed in doing was making death seem trivial. And thus, making our main characters’ struggles to survive seem trivial. So, we lose the last potential thing that could have made us care about the protagonists.
Don’t Lose Your Way