How Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Drives Home the Franchise Themes

Aside from Blue, who has been developing as her own character over the course of two films now, Fallen Kingdom also presents dinosaurs to the audience with more than just a shot of them aimlessly roaming. They interact, such as the Sinoceratops that unintentionally wakes Owen up from his unconscious state, or more memorably, the unfortunate brachiosaurus that tries to escape at the edge of the pier, only to be slowly consumed by volcanic ash and lava. It's a powerfully emotional scene that reminds audiences that if we're to discuss human action and the complex and fragile balance of nature, we have to remember that it isn't something we can solve with logic alone.

There are variables in that equation that aren't wholly rational, of course. Malcolm mentions this in the hearing when he briefly states that allowing the dinosaurs to die is sad, but necessary, implying that in order to restore the equilibrium, we are sometimes required to disregard emotion and the notion that all life is equal.


The end of the film takes it a step further by showing us the mess that can occur when humans tamper with the natural order too much. Because humankind isn't just reckless when greed is involved. Recklessness and greed created the dinosaurs and brought them off of Isla Sorna, but it was human emotion and empathy that ultimately unleashed them on to the world. Owen and Claire debated saving the dinosaurs before Maisie (Isabella Sermon) impulsively releases them, justifying her actions by stating that in the end, it doesn't matter if they were man-made -- they're alive, just like her. This emphasis on the fact that humans often act without thought, which may seem justifiable at the time, but can result in dire consequences, is what Malcolm has been arguing from the beginning.

The film explores all sides of the argument and makes each point clear in almost every way possible. Audiences can understand the franchises' themes with even greater clarity by relating to the characters and animals in the film. In that way, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has developed the discussion that began in Jurassic Park, and the franchise is now poised to delve even further into it in the currently titled Jurassic Park 3, in which humankind must no doubt deal with the consequences of greed-fueled scientific progress. Until the conclusion of this trilogy is released, Fallen Kingdom has given us a lot to think about.

Directed by J.A. Bayona and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, along with Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum. In theaters June 22.

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