Hopes For Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

What are your hopes for the upcoming Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movie? If you’re anything like me, then most likely you’re looking for a great action adventure thrill ride. I always like my creature movies to have plenty of action, teeth, claws, creature scenes, and of course blood. But let’s delve into the movie a little bit more.

For years now, many of us have been following the official Jurassic World website. Let’s be honest and real with one another, the site is not great. It has many problems. One of the main problems as expressed in the Jurassic World Community revolves around the size dimensions of the Indominus Rex. The site claims that the animal is forty feet in height and fifty feet in length. This makes no sense. If a predatory dinosaur could in fact attain such a spectacular height, then it would have been much longer than the proposed fifty feet. It’s simple math. A fourteen foot tall T.Rex in real life would have been around forty feet in length. I believe you see where I’m going with this, so let’s move on.

Despite a few inaccuracies here and there, the Jurassic World website has yielded many new and intriguing surprises over the years. Since 2014 I have routinely found myself checking the website from time to time to stay up to date on the latest. My excitement around the site has always revolved around the new dinosaurs that the franchise would update and post from time to time. For anyone who has been following this franchise since the beginning back in 1993, it’s always exciting to think about the possibility of a new dinosaur or dinosaurs being introduced.

Now before we continue to delve into this topic of new dinosaurs being introduced to the movie, its important to remember that the filmmakers, producers, financers, executive producers, and the studios have big decisions to make when they decide to introduce something into the franchise. For starters, the general movie-going population are not dinosaur experts and have very little if any knowledge of the prehistoric past. Now this is not meant to be an insult, merely the fact that people love to be entertained by dinosaurs rather than be educated about them. Case in point: go look at your local museum and go stand in front of one of the dinosaur exhibits. See how many people are there. You will see a few, but you most likely won’t see thousands. Then go to the premiere of the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movie in 2018, and look at the throngs of people that will line up to watch the movie. Hopefully, my point is made here. Entertainment is quite a bit different than education when it comes to this subject matter.

My own personal opinion is that it’s high time some of the dinosaurs that have been on the Jurassic World website finally get a chance to make their way off the website and officially onto the big screen. I’m talking primarily about Suchomimus, Baryonyx, and Ceratosaurus. These animals deserve a chance to be seen by the public. The only question that remains is: will people be confused by them? For people that follow this type of stuff, these three predatory dinosaurs that were need no introduction. But to the common public, Suchomimus, Baryonyx, and Ceratosaurus are about as unfamiliar as rocket science is to the average person. An interesting fact was that in the first Jurassic Park movie, one of the reasons why the Dilophosaurus was a juvenile instead of a full-grown adult was that the filmmakers feared that the Dilophosaurus would be confused with the size that was given to the Velociraptors. Therefore, they made the Dilophosaurus smaller, and they also gave it the ability to spit venom and have a frill that opened up around its neck. This was all to ensure that for the movie-going population, there would be no confusion between the Dilophosaurs and the Velociraptor.

Now, we know that in real life, the Velociraptor was nowhere near the size that it was in the movie Jurassic Park. In real life, Velociraptor would have been around the size of a domesticated Turkey. Dilophosaurus also had a size that was nowhere what it was when it existed way back in the Jurassic. In reality, the fearsome predator would have been twenty five feet in length, ten feet in height, and nearing one ton in weight. This truly is a monster compared to the animal that ate and consumed Dennis Nedry back in the first movie.

My hope for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is that we might finally get to see a full-grown Dilophosaurus, or possibly a full-grown pack of these things. How terrifying would that be? A full-grown Dilophosaurus would in fact also satisfy the need for a mid-sized predator in the franchise. We’ve seen enormous predators, we’ve seen small predators, but we’ve never really had a predatory dinosaur that’s in the middle. A full grown Dilophosaurus would indeed satisfy that need. The animal would be fearsome and terrifying and would be able to enter into buildings and tight passageways, and interact with its environment in a more terrifying and up close way than the larger predators such as the T.Rex, Spinosaurus, and Indominus Rex have been able to.  I seriously hope this is something the franchise has looked into and is willing to explore. It would most definitely be a real treat for all of us who grew up seeing a relatively small yet fearsome Dilophosaurus attack and kill Dennis Nedry.

In regards to Suchomimus, Baryonyx, and Ceratosaurus, it is my sincere hope that we might at least have the slim chance of seeing at least one of these amazing predators in the new Fallen Kingdom movie. But I am not holding my breath. I know the Jurassic World and Park franchise is slow to put new animals up on the screen. It’s a big decision, one that hinges back and forth between educating the public as well as being able to physically differentiate different species of dinosaurs with the human eye. Ceratosaurus, in fact, had a thirty second cameo in the 2001 Jurassic Park III movie, but the encounter between it and the characters was so quick and fleeting that it has all but nearly been forgotten now. I hold out hope that Suchomimus, however, might have a slim chance of appearing in the Fallen Kingdom movie. My reasoning for this is simple. In Jurassic Park III, it appears that Spinosaurus was the new main villain introduced simply because physically, it appeared so different from T.Rex. If they had made the decision to introduce a monstrous Giganotosaurus instead of Spinosaurus, then the average person might have had a hard time telling the two different species apart. They decided to go with Spinosaurus, for both its enormous length and height, but primarily for the enormous sail that adorns its back. You don’t need to know a single thing about dinosaurs in order to tell that an animal with a brightly-colored, six-foot top sail atop its back is in fact a different species of dinosaur from one that does not have a sail.

I truly hope that some of the things discussed in this article might happen in the upcoming Fallen Kingdom movie. If for some reason or another they do not, I’m fully confident that I will be both thrilled as well as entertained when the movie finally comes out. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is set to hit movie theaters June 22, 2018.

-MICHAEL ESOLA
Editor-in-Chief/PREHISTORIC MAGAZINE/www.PrehistoricMagazine.com 

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