Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World wowed audiences and critics alike back in 2015, netting a staggering $1.6 billion at the global box office. With earnings like that, it’s safe to say that the pressure is on for J. A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The first trailer for the film just dropped, and, luckily, it looks like the latest entry in the dinosaur film series will be taking a novel approach to the rescue mission movie formula while introducing some new dinosaurs along the way.
So, what are the trailer’s biggest moments? As one of the most anticipated movies of 2018, it’s only natural to want to pick apart every bit of the trailer that sees Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing return to the world of Jurassic Park -- or is it the park that is Jurassic World? You can figure that out on your own time, but right now there’s a whole trailer to unpack! So, let’s get to it.
It’s a Rescue Party
The first thing we learn in the trailer is the overall plot of the movie, which had to find a convincing reason for Owen and Claire to head back to an island they almost assuredly do not want to return to. The explanation is actually incredibly simple: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a rescue mission movie.
The duo will be heading back to the island because they left droves of priceless creatures behind when the park’s systems failed and the island’s human population had to evacuate en masse. Not only that, but Owen has a personal connection to one very particular dinosaur -- Blue, the velociraptor he raised. That seems to be all the motivation Owen needs to head back to the doomed island.
Welcome (Back) to Jurassic World
The proceeding scenes are grim as we get a glimpse at what has become of the once thriving island amusement park. The park gates are overgrown with vines, a tram has been smashed to bits and dinosaur bodies litter the park grounds.
Nature has effectively taken over, and time has not been kind to Jurassic World’s once pristine facade. The dinosaurs, however, seem to be thriving, as one tiny Compsognathus can be seen retreating from a gift store display window as a massive vehicle bearing a cage rolls up.
Goldblum Finds a Way
Before we get into the meat of the action-packed trailer, let’s take a moment to appreciate the Jeff Goldblum cameo, whose Ian Malcolm character gives an impassioned speech regarding whether or not to save the dinosaurs on the island. “There creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful they’re gonna be here after,” he says.
There’s really no telling what Ian’s final point will be regarding the dinosaurs. In the original Jurassic Park, the mathematician and chaos theory expert was brought to Jurassic Park by investors to critically examine the park and determine its safety. Instead, Ian spent most of the time railing against John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) bizarre accomplishment. In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, he only returned to the island because of emotional ties, preferring to stay as far away from the island as possible.