Welcome to the gun show! Dinosaurs take a backseat to
Starlord Chris Pratt‘s debonair Jurassic World gamekeeper Owen Grady in this MTV Movie Awards first look at the upcoming sure-fire blockbuster. I like Chris Pratt, I like Bryce Dallas Howard, and I love the original Jurassic Park, but I gotta level with you: all I’m seeing here are Chris’ traps, lats & biceps. Regrouping myself in 3, 2, 1…
Ok, so, this preview gives us a little more insight into the plot behind Jurassic World. There’s a new wealthy benefactor behind the resurgence of the in-universe “Jurassic” brand, apparently named Mr. Masrani. Bryce Dallas Howard, is — as she has already been shown to be in the trailers — the administrator of the new theme park and genetic efforts funded by Mr. Masrani. He fills the void left by John Hammond (played by the late and great Richard Attenborough) who, after realizing the error of his dino-making ways earlier in the film series, broke ties with the InGen corporation. But thankfully for moviegoers history is a vicious cyclical monster, doomed to repeat itself over and over. Especially if there’s some dino-profit to be made!
Aside from the obvious chemistry that Chris & Bryce are throwing out in the above preview, we also get a little bit of an explanation of Owen Grady’s “Raptor Brigade.” They’re not trained velociraptors per se, but rather socialized beasts who probably view Pratt’s Grady as an alpha-type figure. The first film introduced us to the concept of the raptors being pack hunters, with Robert Muldoon meeting his fate at the
hands claws of one “clever girl.” And if we as viewers can suspend our belief enough to enjoy the concept of genetically-revived dinosaurs, I think it’s fair to go an extra step and accept Burt Macklin as the alpha in a pack of velociraptors. If ever there were someone for that job, it would be him.
Jurassic World opens in theaters June 12.