Trevorrow On Whedon’s “Jurassic” Criticism

One of the more unusual social media spats this year was that regarding the first stand alone clip released from Universal’s “Jurassic World”. Following a bunch of great trailers, the clip featured stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard engaging in some fairly dated sexual banter.

It was an odd choice for a clip, and it scored some criticism from director Joss Whedon who dubbed it “70’s era sexist” but then latter said it had been “bad form” to criticise it like that. The film’s director Colin Trevorrow, out doing press rounds for the movie ahead of its global release next week, has now responded to the charge and tells Bad Taste:

“I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him. I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses.

The real protagonist of the movie is Claire and we embrace her femininity in the story’s progression. There’s no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that’s not what makes interesting female characters in my view. Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of his character.”

The film’s leading lady Bryce Dallas Howard hopes Whedon will see how her character is truly portrayed in the film:

“He’s a hero, he’s an amazing guy and a champion for women in this industry. Marketing for a film is tricky because you release stuff without context. Of course there was a part of me being such a fan of him that was like, ‘Nooooo!’ Especially because when you see the movie it’s not at all like that, but we make movies and it’s out there for public opinion and I hope he likes the movie!”

“Jurassic World” opens in the United States on Friday June 12th.