What have you got in there? King Kong?
I was a twelve-year old, Dinosaur obsessed young lad when Steven Spielberg unleashed his dinosaurs with the original JURASSIC PARK. Boy, did I love it. I saw it ten times at the cinema, owned the John Williams soundtrack, treasured the VHS, had posters, comics and everything I could get my hands on.
Then along came THE LOST WORLD. I really enjoyed this, too. It has had a fair bit of flak, but I don’t see why. I like that it’s rougher around the edges, and a bit wilder. I like John Williams’ score.
JURASSIC PARK 3, though, was achingly bad. Grant – our hero from the first, communicates with the dinosaurs with a little clay doodah. Urgh! I’ll just pretend that it didn’t happen.
With this in mind, I am really very excited at the announcement of a fourth installment in the series. Yes, I have worries, but it seems unlikely that we’ll be getting a big-budget dinosaur film without the JP name attached any time soon. I note that I haven’t been asked to write the film yet, so until Mr. Spielberg gets in touch, here are my thoughts on the project.
Make it scary.
The first JURASSIC PARK was scary. I remember there being a load of hooplah about whether or not children should be allowed to see it. Dinosaurs are big, with teeth and claws. If they aren’t scary, then something has gone wrong.
Update the Dinos.
A great deal has been learned about dinosaurs since 1993 – and this needs to be reflected. The first JP updated the public perception of them – no longer where they lumbering, tail-dragging stupid animals, but quick, smart hunters. If dinosaurs had feathers, give them feathers!
We need a strong story.
The JP story was pretty much completed by the end of the first film. Everything since has been treading water as an excuse to see some dinosaurs.
I’d like to see an Allosaurus
It’s just an old favourite…