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How ‘Jurassic World’ Made Claire Its Most Evolved Character

The obsession with her footwear overlooks that Bryce Dallas Howard has crafted one of the few heroes in the franchise who learns from her mistakes.
[This story contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom]

The nude heels that Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing wore throughout 2015’s Jurassic World launched dozens of essays about how impractical and inane — if not sexist — they were. And her footwear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — high heels in civilization and combat boots in the jungle —is drawing a lot of focus.

But that narrow view overlooks that Claire, the park’s former operations manager turned animal rights advocate, is one of the most evolved humans in this franchise. Unlike a lot of the other characters, she adapts to her circumstances and learns from her mistakes.

The Jurassic Park films overall don’t evolve as much as the audience does. They posit questions about the ethics of genetic engineering and our impact on the world, but the setup always is the same: Characters behave stupidly, and dinosaurs run amok, doing what they do best. It’s a grand spectacle that rewards anyone who ever stared in awe at fossils and tried to fathom these creatures roaming the Earth.

Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler is the strongest female character in the series (other than the dinosaurs). Ellie barely had any depth in the Michael Crichton’s best-selling book, but in 1993’s Jurassic Park, she rolls up her sleeves and gets down to business. She searches through a mound of Triceratops poop to find what’s making a dinosaur ill. She volunteers to look for the adults and children stuck in the wild once the park’s test weekend goes south, and she steps up to accompany the game warden to a maintenance shed to restore power.

Everyone remembers how she scolds park owner John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) for his “sexism in survival situations,” but the whole park is built on a sexist note. All the genetically engineered dinosaurs are female.

“There’s no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park,” explains geneticist Henry Wu (BD Wong), who turns up yet again in Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom, inexplicably having learned nothing about the perils of messing with nature.

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None of the female characters in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) or Jurassic Park III (2001) made as strong an impression as Claire, first seen in Jurassic World in a pan up from those pesky heels. Dressed in a white skirt and blouse with a blunt-cut bob, she exuded authority. Despite the criticism online, the heels made sense for someone who ran the place and met with corporate sponsors about different exhibits.

Claire takes off the blouse — she has a purple tank top underneath — and her hair becomes unruly as the film progresses, but she never ditches the shoes, even when outrunning a T. Rex. Director Colin Trevorrow recently told Uproxx that he’s thought a lot about imagery and messaging since that film’s release because of the criticism. Yet he also pointed out that he was respecting Howard’s choices about the character.

Howard told Cosmopolitan in 2015 that she thought Claire “goes through the biggest transformation” in Jurassic World — and the heels were part of that. “This character needed to seem ill-equipped to be in the jungle. She was somebody who looks like she belongs in a corporate environment for a reason because she was someone who was disconnected from the animals and disconnected from that reality and disconnected from herself,” she said.

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Rather than the heels, the real problem is all the carping the first Jurassic World throws Claire’s way. Her sister (Judy Greer) foists her nephews (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) on her to get them out of town during divorce proceedings, then tells Claire she’ll understand once she has kids. Her boss (Irrfan Khan), the park’s owner, tells her to loosen up while he shows off his helicopter-piloting skills. But who’s running the place while he’s taking lessons? Even Chris Pratt’s dino wrangler and love interest Owen Grady, who clashed with her on their first and only date, comments about how she’s controlling and makes hand gestures for getting it on.
Maybe those heels were worn out of spite.

“She doesn’t have to be in menswear and flats in order to outrun a T. Rex. That’s what women can do,” Howard told Cosmo.

Even so, Howard welcomed the comments about Claire, calling them feminist, noting that “people are seeing that there is a kind of lower tolerance for vapid, meaningless, only functional female characters …. We want the real world and the realities of the real world reflected in movies that we see, and audiences are not tolerating anything other than that.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom reintroduces Claire with her footwear first — black heels, a bit of the old Claire’s personality (and perhaps a jibe at the criticism). This time she wears jeans and a trench coat, her longer hair pulled back in a ponytail.

Three years after the events of the previous film, the corporation that owned the park has paid out millions in damages to guests, and animal activists picket Capitol Hill about dinosaurs’ rights. In a poor bit of planning, the theme park was built on an island near a volcano that’s about to erupt, which will kill the dinosaurs.

Claire works with a group lobbying Congress to help relocate the creatures. Meanwhile, Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, the chaos theorist from the original film, testifies against this. “We altered the course of natural history. This is a correction,” he says. Congress rejects a rescue, but Claire finds a sympathetic ear in Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a long-ago friend and business partner of Hammond’s. He provides his own team, trucks, and other resources to relocate eleven species to another island as a sanctuary.

Letting these creatures live in peace was “all John Hammond’s dream,” Lockwood says in a bit of revisionist history. (In Jurassic Park, Hammond made money by showing children mechanized rides in a flea circus. He called the dinosaurs “attractions” unlike anything the world had ever seen.)

In any case, Claire seeks out Owen, who had trained a squad of female raptors and has a special rapport with Blue, one of those he’d raised from a hatchling. By this point, Claire and Owen have tried and failed at a relationship. (She ignores his jibes about whom she’s dating and laughs heartily at his thinking of their breakup as his idea.) She urges him to tap into his paternal feelings for Blue. “You’re a better man than you think you are,” she says.

Claire’s persuasion works, and soon they’re in the jungle again. She wears

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combat boots and cargo pants. She’s as bright as ever, tapping codes into long-dormant computer systems and climbing through hatchways, again handy with a gun, and even helps Owen draw blood from a sedated T. Rex.

Of course, the relocation isn’t all as it seems. Lockwood’s underling Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) wants to auction off the dinosaurs for billions, as well as turn some into weapons that can be controlled. Eli sneers at Owen for never realizing his gee-whiz wonder over training raptors could have another use. He also mocks Claire. “You authorized the creation of the Indominus Rex,” the previous film’s hybrid dinosaur. “You exploited a living thing for money. How is that different?”

Claire doesn’t disagree, though Owen tells her not to take all the blame. “I showed them the way,” he said.

In a film short on overall character development — there’s the surprise of a cloned person in the third act — Claire’s efforts to make amends ring true. Having gotten close to creatures she once thought of in terms of focus groups and park attendance, she feels responsible for her actions and their lives.

Late in the film, faced with a situation that will kill the rescued dinosaurs, Claire’s first instinct is to release them. Then she hesitates. Our world isn’t an island unto itself. Maybe dinosaurs and people aren’t meant to coexist after all. Maybe they’re better off alive in the imagination.

It’s a rare moment in these films when someone thinks of the consequences.

 

Jurassic World Unleashes A Ton Of Dinosaur Mayhem In New Footage From CinemaCon

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It was just this past Sunday that Universal Pictures released the brand new trailer for Jurassic World, revealing some previously unseen footage, and putting on a show of some serious dinosaur action. Well, it turns out that wasn’t the only big preview that the studio had planned for the upcoming blockbuster this week, as a brand new sizzle reel just debuted at CinemaCon.

Wrapping up the week for the Las Vegas-based theater owners convention, Universal had their big studio presentation this afternoon, and after showing off a great deal of footage from a number of films on their upcoming slate, the company closed things out by debuting clips from Jurassic World edited together for the CinemaCon crowd. Director Colin Trevorrow and star Chris Pratt were on hand to introduce the footage, promising big things for the blockbuster this summer.

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Rather surprisingly, the reel began with not dinosaur action, but instead a wild pig running through what looks like a wild forest – pretty clearly running from something in fear. A voice calls out that there is a pig on the loose, and it becomes clear that the pig isn’t actually wild, but instead running around inside of a dinosaur paddock. From a trestle way above, a Jurassic World employee reaches down with an animal wrangling pole, but discovers in the worst way that the pig is moving too fast. This is because he winds up actually getting knocked off the railing and falls into the enclosure below. This wouldn’t be that bad, but the pen actually belongs to a pack of Velociraptors who are hunting and very happy to have a new kind of meat locked in with them. This sends everyone into alert mode, but it’s Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) who comes to the rescue, getting out in front of the fallen employee and holding out his arms in the hope of calming the creatures down.

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From there we see some of the footage that has already been in the trailers about the brand new attraction at Jurassic World, the genetically modified Indominus rex. It’s explained by Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing that ticket sales spike whenever a new attraction is introduced, so corporate has decided that it would be best to introduce a new kind of dinosaur: one that is made from a secret cocktail of DNA and “built” to be bigger than the T-rex. Things start to get scary when it’s revealed that this new dinosaur actually killed its own sibling while in captivity, but things get much, much worse when it’s discovered that the creature is escaping.

From there we see Owen right outside of the Indomnius rex pen during the breakout, and he is understandably terrified. He hides under a truck as he watches people around him get stepped on and eaten, and then takes the initiative to crack the car’s fuel line and cover himself in gasoline to hide his scent. With nobody left to kill, the Indomnius rex begins to sniff around for more prey, and while Owen does his best to stay absolutely still, the giant dinosaur’s maw appears right next to the vehicle, both sniffing around and baring its teeth.

From this moment the footage cuts and has Owen calling for evacuation of the park – but in what very well could be an homage to Jaws, it’s explained by Claire that the Indominus rex is four miles out from the rest of Jurassic World and that evacuating the park is an overreaction. Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that the loose dino is very interested in where it stands on Earth’s food chain, and Owen warns that what it winds up discovering only spells bad news. The creature’s intelligence is demonstrated when it’s noted that it has managed to remove its embedded tracking chip, and things only get worse when Owen and Claire find a field of dead Apatosauruses and realize that the dinosaur is not killing for food, but instead for fun.

The sizzle concluded with two sequences, the first moving away from the Owen and Claire action and instead focusing on Zach and Gray, the young brothers played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. They are in a travel orb checking out Jurassic World, and have slowed down to check out a pack of Ankylosauruses. Zach remarks how incredible it is to be so close to four living, breathing dinosaurs – but Gray corrects him and tells him that he means five. While the former doesn’t understand what he means at first, they both then turn to discover that the Indominus rex is right behind them, and begins to do its best to break into the orb.

Finally, the action then moved into the park proper, where Pterodactyls have been set loose from their enclosure due to a crashing helicopter, and begin terrorizing the many patrons of the theme park. One of the flying dinosaurs manages to grab a person and drops them over water – but then a giant Mosasaurus leaps out of the water and snatches the Pterodactyl with its giant jaws.

It was definitely a cool preview that did a good job of further exploring some of the interesting elements revealed in the trailer earlier this week, and we’re excited to see how it all comes together when Jurassic World arrives in theaters on June 12th.

Jurassic World movie spoilers: Rumors of trilogy; Chris Pratt to battle Indominous Rex this time

 

jurassic-world“Jurassic World,” the highly anticipated fourth installment of director Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur film series “Jurassic Park,” is set to be released on June 12 this year. The movie’s teaser trailers have generated huge excitement among fans and feature prominent actors in the new film in a refreshing change since the original film was released 22 years ago.
In the upcoming Jurassic World film, Chris Pratt plays Owen Grady, a dino wrangler who can control the velociraptors in the park. Pratt is joined by Bryce Dallas Howard, who portrays Claire Dearing, the resourceful and adventurous caretaker of the dinosaur park. Other artistes starring alongside Pratt and Howard in Jurassic World will be Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Katie McGrath, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lauren Lapkus, Omar Sy, and Jurassic Park’s scientist BD Wong.

Breaking away from the trend in previous “Jurassic” films of featuring the T-Rex as the most heavyweight dinosaur that causes great damage to victims and even kills them, the “Jurassic World” trailer shows a different dinosaur wreaking havoc this time. The dinosaur featured in the upcoming Jurassic World film is called the “Indominous Rex” who is believed to have been created after an experiment to increase visitors to the park goes horribly wrong, making it the scariest dinosaur ever.

In the latest tweet from Jurassic World, a stunning photo features Chris Pratt running heroically, tweeted with the caption, “Don’t look back. #JurassicWorld.” The photo contains the text “If something chases you… run,” the line that was uttered by Judy Greer to her son going to the dino park in the first Jurassic World trailer.

There are rumors that Jurassic World is a part of a trilogy series and will be followed by two sequels. Apparently, Pratt will make it past the first film to be joined by Omar Sy who works with him as a raptor tamer in the movie. However, there has been no official confirmation about the sequel rumors and fans will have to wait until June 12 to find out.

The Latest ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer Puts The T-Rex Out Of The Limelight With A New Kind Of Dinosaur! What Is It Called?

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Latest news about the “Jurassic World” trailer has been making the rounds on the internet, despite the fact that a certain amount of time has already passed since its release.

Previous films under the franchise usually features the T-Rex to be the main dinosaur causing terror amongst the parties involved. This time, there seems to be a new kind of dinosaur to take its place.

As previously reported, a new kind of dinosaur has been teased at the trailer. Called the “Indominous Rex,” it is set to have come about after a failed experiment ensued in hopes of creating a new attraction for the park. The “Indominous Rex” will be wreaking havoc as the trailer reveals a mishap that caused the said dinosaur to be let loose. It is then up to Chris Pratt, who will be playing lead role in the film, to stop the animal and restore peace in the park.
Chris Pratt will be taking the role of Owen, who will be the care taker of a dinosaur park that occupies a whole island. He will be joined by Bryce Dallas Howard, set to portray the role of Beth, and Ty Simpkins as Gray.
The official press release for the upcoming film is as follows, as taken from the “Jurassic World” trailer official website:
“Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, ‘Jurassic World.’ Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.”
News about a next “Jurassic World” trailer is also rumored, as the film nears its release date of June 12, 2015.

14 dinosaurs that will terrify Chris Pratt in ‘Jurassic World’

Sure, everyone loves Chris Pratt, but the upcoming Jurassic World movie would be nothing without his ferocious prehistoric co-stars.

The Jurassic World website — a real site for a fictional park — is unveiling the dinosaurs that will be featured in the upcoming movie and giving some background information on each species to help you get acquainted before the movie is released on June 12. The “aggression index” is an especially useful resource for park goers.

Take a second to mourn the fact that the dinos won’t be doing a press tour. Ryan Seacrest asking a suchomimus what it’s like to be dinosaur with an alligator face is something the world needs.