Though Jurassic World doesn't hit theaters for another week, it's already received its fair share of criticism. First, there were a number of people on the Internet underwhelmed by the first trailer (and its use of CGI). Then there was the sexism criticism leveled by Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, which he later apologized for. In the past few weeks, both director Collin Trevorrow and star Bryce Dallas Howard have attempted to mitigate some of that. We'll have to wait and see how well it's worked.
While some of the previous trailers and TV spots have leaned heavily on the nostalgia factor - that initial trailer in particular - the recently released final trailer (above) takes a much darker, more serious, more action-packed route.
Gone are the jokes of previous trailers (Chris Pratt's line, "These animals are thinking, 'I gotta eat, I gotta hunt...' " makes an appearance without the sex punchline), and in their stead are shots of dinosaurs - including Indominus rex - hunting humans, helicopters, and more. It's all scarier, darker, and more intense than we've seen so far, with a heavy focus on teams of guys and raptors hunting the big bad dinosaur down.
That last thing in particular gives the movie a real Aliens vibe - which is to say, it's reminiscent of James Cameron's action-packed take on the Alien franchise. While Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park certainly had some excellent action and some excellent scares, it was first and foremost an adventure/science fiction film. Those elements seem to be taking a backseat here.
Of course, it's no surprise that a 2015 Jurassic Park sequel would be more action-packed than the 1994 original. That just seems par for the course with blockbuster cinema with each passing year. More money, more action, more CGI.
Still, that doesn't mean that Jurassic World will be a bad movie, and nor does it mean it won't have an excellent script with interesting character development. In fact, according to Trovorrow and Bryce Dallas Howard, Howard's character will have a really rich character arc as she is, in fact, the true hero of the movie.
Regardless of how well Jurassic World stacks up against the first film - or how well it's received in general (review embargoes will be lifted on Wednesday, FYI) - there's little doubt that it'll be a huge box office success, especially to start. It's been a long time since live-action dinosaurs were on the big screen, and I think people are pretty thirsty for it.
Jurassic World opens in theaters June 12th, 2015.