Of all the franchise sequels coming out this year — and there are a lot of them, including Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7 and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — the one I’m personally looking forward to most is Jurassic World. So far, I’ve been trying to focus on the positive (Chris Pratt as a charismatic action lead, more and bigger, better CGI beasts everywhere) and not worry myself about the negative (that it’s a third sequel, and its director is only making his second movie and his first was a lukewarm-received mumblecore indie film).
Consider my enthusiasm slightly lessened by this “exclusive sneak peek(!)” at Jurassic World featured as part of the promotion for this Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. It features
dinosaurs, explosions and deadly escapes aplenty an awkwardly blocked meet-cute between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard so ham-handed that you can practically see the words and directions written on a script page in your head as they perform it.
Pratt seems to be giving it his best Harrison Ford, which isn’t terrible and he’s certainly capable of such a character, but Howard’s hands on her hip “well I never! Let’s get back to the important issues here!” who-ever-she-is is about as close to watching your high school’s head cheerleader play the lead in a school production of Barefoot in the Park as you get. Let’s hope this is one summer blockbuster where they felt the need to just throw dinosaurs at us with no character development, because if this scene is any indication that may be the only way they can save it.
Or maybe I’m wrong? What do you think about the clip below?