I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but look… Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?Dr Alan Grant
For the first time, Dinosaurs are truly free, sharing the world with their creators. Grant is right, how can we know?
Battle at Big Rock is the first sign that the ‘Jurassic’ franchise is going to finally embrace this dialogue and answer the question. There’s no park, no fences, no island. The dinosaurs are out, and the Director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, is using this nine minute short to show us how it looks.
This is the first time since the beginning of the Jurassic World trilogy that I’ve felt we’ve seen something truly new. Both JW and Fallen Kingdom had great moments, but as a whole they don’t stack up. Their themes follow the first two films in the previous trilogy fairly closely too. Big Rock achieves more than either.
Comparisons to the original are ultimately pointless, such is its quality, but there are core ingredients that shouldn’t be ignored. Big Rock and Jurassic Park share a careful balance of wonder and terror. I wouldn’t show it to my two year old, but for older kids and everyone else it’s great.
I’ll stick firmly to my no spoilers rule here, as you should just watch it (it’s on YouTube). Suffice to say, if this is an indicator of where the third film in the trilogy is heading, we could be in for something special.
Trevorrow comes across very confidently here, showing a fantastic grasp of imagery and sound to really pull you in. Off the top of my head I can think of three shots that are screenshot worthy. Big plus for quickly introducing us to a family that isn’t annoying too! Could they have dealt with things differently? Yes, I’ve never been attacked by a dinosaur, so I’ll let them off.
I love seeing new species of dino in this series. So whilst I’m not sure how they appear, seeing the Nasutoceratops is particularly pleasing. Big Rock also gives us a truly terrifying Allosaurus! The usual T.rex/Raptor/Brachiosaur triumvirate has been eschewed to good effect.
Battle at Big Rock is a cracking piece of entertainment. Bringing together the most effective pieces of Jurassic films into a bite sized package, it’s proof there’s still life in this franchise. Can we have some more?