BGN’s Jonita Davis sits down with director JA Bayona to discuss Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the Jurassic legacy.
When fans watch the film this Friday (read my review here), they will find a host of new dinosaurs, some very hilarious interactions with the main characters Owen (played by Chris Pratt) and Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), and a few new characters (played by Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda) to dive into. In this interview, however, Bayona’s words remind us that Fallen Kingdom is a part of a whole legacy of films that began with Jurassic Park back in 1993. That’s a huge gap, so we are overdue for some closure on the old story–something to place it neatly in history–in order for the new trilogy to make its mark.
Bayona is the mastermind behind the film The Impossible starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as parents who get caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Nature becomes the monster that destroys homes, washes away whole towns, and splinters families. Get ready to see so much of that cinematic and directorial artistry here as Bayona closes the door on the old trilogy and breathes life into the current one. Bring tissues.
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Jonita Davis is a writer, mother, a certified nerd, and writer of Black Girl Nerds. Davis is a critic and journalist. She has been writing for 13 years about the way pop culture and politics affect our lives as parents, women, black women, nerds, and people of this planet.