Weekend Binge

Sometimes I just don’t really want to do anything but sit down in front of the tv. Anyone else get that? Unfortunately I don’t like most programs on actual tv, so I have to find a series or film to watch. These days (theoretically) it’s not so hard what with cheaper DVDs and services like Netflix, but you still have to pick something and there’s tons to choose from. I’m bad at making decisions like that. Big things I’m ok with, it’s the little things that hold me up.

This weekend I fell back on one of my old go-to’s: Jurassic Park. That’s right, I indulged in a four-film Jurassic binge. It was great. Good films, no need to decide what to watch next, weekend taken care of! (I don’t do this too often, but every now and again doesn’t hurt) I know most people don’t like the later films, and technically the latest is ‘world’, not ‘park’, but what the hey. It’s part of the same series.

The original film I love – and I’ll try to argue round anyone who doesn’t. The first excitement of genetic engineering and creating dinosaurs, the special effects which I think stand up positively even against some of today’s stuff (I’ve seen new effects that are worse and less realistic than the Jurassic stuff), the epic music. . . How not only do the baddies get theirs, but some of the good guys don’t make it either. The revelation of dinosaurs as something other than scary monsters, although they can be that too. The development of the characters as you go along.

I’m not going to go through all of them, although I will say I think they maintained the original sentiments of Jurassic Park in Jurassic World while adding new things to it to keep it relevant and fresh. Something else they maintained: the presence of only two named female characters. Compare that to the number of males running round.

  • Jurassic Park: paleobotanist Ellie Sattler, and Mr Hammond’s granddaughter Lex
  • Jurassic Park II: paleontologist Sarah Harding, and Ian Malcolm’s daughter Kelly
  • Jurassic Park III: Amanda Kirby, and a brief reappearance of Ellie Sattler
  • Jurassic World: Claire Dearing and Vivian, with brief appearances of the children’s mother, Karen Mitchell

I don’t analyse the films I watch all that much, sometimes I guess I do it more than others though, and I’ll notice different things. Like this time I noticed the female characters because I’ve been reading and hearing quite a bit about both feminism, and the portrayal of females in books and film. If you compare the latest Jurassic film to the first, the female characters have actually gone backward in many ways, and suffer somewhat by comparison.

And now I’ve started going on, when this was just meant to be a binge confession! That’s writing for you, easy to get off point, which is why you’re meant to plan it. Plan shman I say!


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