Be A Clever Girl And Watch This Jurassic World Trailer

I know what I’m going to be thankful for this Thursday when I’m stuffing my face with turkey and mashed potatoes. Universal released the first trailer for Jurassic World two days ahead of schedule. Watch it. I’ll wait.

This trailer was supposed to premiere during the Thanksgiving football game, but Universal dropped the trailer early. I have already accepted that Jurassic World will never be as good as the original Jurassic Park, but I couldn’t help but get all giddy.

The most notable addition besides Star Lor– err, Chris Pratt is the ridiculous amount of CGI. The original Jurassic Park has aged so well in part because of Stan Winston’s masterful practical effects. Sadly, it is unclear from the trailer if there will be any animatronic dinosaurs. That will surely miff the diehard fans, but I’m just happy that the film finally clawed itself out of development hell.

The trailer opens by introducing two kids, played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, as their mother wishes them a completely safe, harmless vacation to Jurassic World. We’re then treated to a CGI boat, CGI iconic entrance gate, and a CGI shark getting eaten by a CGI aquatic dinosaur.

There are also some vague conversations about the film’s hook: a genetically-modified dinosaur that will in no way end up being a symbol of man’s arrogance in the face of nature. Chris Pratt shows up around the halfway mark, looking appropriately scruffy and leather vest-ed. It looks like he will play the grounded realist to Bryce Dallas Howard’s Hammond-esque park owner.

It’s easy to be cynical about the film’s liberal use of CGI and other modern filmmaking tropes, but Spielberg’s tone seems left mostly intact by co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow. There are plenty of nods to the original. Trevorrow is certainly aware that some fans service is necessary to win over the sequel skeptics.

Either way, the trailer has done its job– namely, to be big, loud, and get the hype train rolling.

Jurassic World will be in theaters June 12th.

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