For Chris Pratt, who reprises his Jurassic World character of Owen Grady in Fallen Kingdom, a particularly strong aspect of the film is the relationship between Owen and the raptor he raised and trained from birth, Blue. In that first film, we saw that he had a somewhat tentative control over the raptors, but that there was, again, a special connection between him and Blue, who actually played a role in saving Owen. Now that connection between the two of them is deeper than ever.
“Most of the relationships between man and beast in this franchise has been man marveling at the spectacle of this giant creature, or man running in fear and hiding and trying not to get eaten,” says the actor, who recently reprised his Guardians of the Galaxy role of Star-Lord in Avengers: Infinity War. “So it’s either fear or wonder, while the relationship between Owen and Blue is a different kind of relationship. It’s based on trust and respect and love. Owen raised this animal since she was hatched, so it’s just a different kind of relationship. It’s more of a parent to a child or master to subject type of relationship. He feels a lot of love for her.
“Through the course of this movie,” Pratt continues, “he has to learn that he has a responsibility there, and he should do his best to take care of those relationships that are close to his heart. The best movies are about relationships, and this is a really pivotal and instrumental one in the story. She’s very important, not only as a really cool dinosaur that we get to see fighting and moving around and living the way we assume a dinosaur like that would have looked. Blue is brought to life through an amazing combination of animatronics and CG, and is an artistic feat in herself, but, again, she provides one of the most meaningful relationships in the movie.”
Beyond Blue, there is the other raptor element of the film as well in the form of a genetically enhanced version of the species, which, Pratt muses, “is really going to open things up and give us a hint at what’s going to happen in the future with the Jurassic franchise, because you get the sense that this kind of raptor is what the end goal was for InGen when developing this type of intelligence and intentional cognitive design to these raptors. You see it in this, and this thing is very capable of being weaponized. It’s essentially bulletproof. It attacks on command. They’ve built these things to be very deadly weapons of war and we see firsthand just how dangerous this thing is, and the prospect of them being in the wrong hands is terrifying. That’s what we’re facing in this movie, and you get a little bit of foreshadowing as to what we may see in the future.”
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22nd.
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