Jul 9, 2018
I have a major confession: I’m obsessed with the original “Jurassic Park.” The way people quote “Star Wars” is the way I quote “Jurassic Park”. I watch that movie annually. I’m really going to burn some bridges here, but I think it might be the best blockbuster film ever made. It is not my favorite movie, but it is up there. Every time they announce another sequel, part of me starts hoping against hope that it will be among the great films of the franchise.
I’m also going to say that “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is not a great sequel to “Jurassic Park.” It’s actually a pretty bad movie.
There is this new era of teasing movie trailers now. Days before the actual trailer for “Fallen Kingdom” came out, director J.A. Bayona and Universal released one-to-two second clips showing off the movie. And the clips didn’t look great. Then the full trailer came out and I was still disappointed. But then they did something that made me lose my mind. The trailer featured Jeff Goldblum returning as his character, Dr. Ian Malcolm.
This is a moment where I should gain a degree of self-awareness. I have to step out of myself and make my peace with the fact that I am easily manipulated. I’m sure I’m not the only one who got excited to see Jeff Goldblum in the trailer. He’s become a national treasure, especially in the wake of “Thor: Ragnarok”. Seeing Goldblum as Malcolm forced me to ignore the fact that the rest of the trailer looked, frankly, kind of dumb.