At least if Jurassic World bombs we can’t accuse Amblin, Legendary, and Universal of false advertising.
This weekend the studios released the first film clip for the fourth film based on Michael Crichton’s bestselling novel Jurassic Park. Normally that would be something to gravitate toward, but not so this time. The clip features the show’s stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with some over-long, stilted, outright boring dialogue. For nearly two minutes. And no dinosaurs.
We’d love to see the meetings where it was decided that this was the first clip to show audiences to showcase the movie. Already plenty of viewers have slammed it on social media. Even Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon chimed in about the staid, sexist set-up on Twitter: “…and I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?” And although it’s a bit odd for a director with a competing 2015 film so openly chiding another’s movie, he’s certainly right.
Here’s the clip:
Our concern was that we thought–hoped really–that finally, after two pretty dull sequels–1997’s The Lost World and 2001’s Jurassic Park III–we had something to look forward to that may be closer to the superb original.
This is, of course, just one scene, but it sure looks like one that may have been better for the cutting room floor. We hope it doesn’t reflect the bulk of the film, or the studios can look for a short run.
Luckily, there are new, bigger and better previews for two other summer blockbusters coming very soon…