Lets be honest, while Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World may have broken countless numbers of box office records at the time of its release, it wasn’t all that deep. Asking complex philosophical questions is what has helped Jurassic Park (and science fiction in general) endure for so long. While I enjoyed Jurassic World initially, my opinion on it has soured a bit due to its over reliance on spectacle in lieu of engaging characters or a meaningful story. Thankfully, that may be changing for the sequel.

In an interview with El Mundo (via Time) Trevorrow spoke of the core thematic elements of the dinosaur franchise, and what issues J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World 2 will tackle:

The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.

The second part will be a very different movie that will explore new paths. For that reason, it was clear that it needed to be Bayona who would direct it, in order to have it grow and evolve with his very personal vision.

In other words, Jurassic World 2 will explore how our capitalist society routinely uses and abuses animals, and will have more of an “edge” to it than the first Jurassic World did. Sounds interesting to me. The fact that the franchise is making an honest effort to go back to the philosophical roots of the first film is admirable, and there is room for a lot of interesting material in that premise. Humanity already treats animals like shit, why would dinosaurs be any different?

The first Jurassic World was fun, but had the depth of a puddle in terms of theme and character. Based on these comments from Trevorrow, Jurassic World 2 may act as a course correction for the franchise, and will hopefully reinfuse the heart back into the franchise was sorely lacking in Jurassic World. I’m optimistic.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will both return Jurassic World 2, which is set to hit theaters on June 22, 2018

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