Time is a fickle beast in Hollywood.
A marriage between two actors that lasts longer than two years can be deemed as unusual, and if an actor is passed a certain age, they might feel that they’ve been put on the proverbial scrap heap.
What about the universe that a film is set in? Is it subject to the same aging process that its stars and audience experiences? Should it adapt to become contemporary?
This year, there are three films I’m eagerly awaiting that are all part of larger series: Jurassic World, Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With Jurassic World, this is the first time we’ll have seen the primeval beasts for 14 years.
Welcome to Jurassic World
Jurassic Park is one of my favourite films and from the trailers, interviews and marketing material, it sounds like Jurassic World is staying faithful to its first predecessor, keeping to the original theme of meddling with prehistoric DNA with disastrous effects.
Providing that Jurassic World is set in the present day, 22 years have passed since the fateful preview of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, 18 years since Sarah Harding and Ian Malcolm’s research trip to Site B (Isla Sorna) and 14 years since Dr Alan Grant was deceived into going to the island to help find a missing child.
It’s pure speculation at this point, but from the trailers it looks like director Colin Trevorrow and writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have made a deliberate effort to create a close relationship between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
This is namely by taking the action back to Isla Nublar and bringing back Dr Henry Wu. Placing a statue of founder John Hammond within the park entrance is another thoughtful touch that will no doubt give myself and other Jurassic Park enthusiasts goose-bumps.
To dissect the trailer and excellent partner website a bit further, Jurassic World appears to be an adventure park on steroids that is at the forefront of technology. Its visitors appear to be equally adept, all armed with smartphones and tablets.
The gyrospheres used to travel around parts of the safari look like an innovative way to explore; an updated version of the electric-powered Jeep-like vehicles that the original cast experienced but undoubtedly just as breakable.
While its residents belong in a different time, the park itself has been brought spectacularly up-to-date and into the 21st century, and I for one can’t wait to have a proper look.
Verdict: Adapting to suit contemporary audiences and technologies with potentially excellent results.