Back at the beginning of Joss Whedon’s Grumpy Hollywood Grandpa campaign, he tweeted his dismay at the first clip released from Jurassic World, saying “…and I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force - really? Still?” People of the internet were fairly split on the clip, with lots of us agreeing with Whedon and the rest telling us to lighten the f*ck up (what a useful suggestion!). It turns out, though, that Colin Trevorrow may be in that first group. Or he at least isn’t part of the latter. He told the outlet Bad Taste, “I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him.” More than anything, he just thought the clip came across weird out of context.
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.To his credit, Trevorrow does nail the issue most of us had with the clip: that those characters WERE stereotypical archetypes, just as Joss Whedon pointed out. No one is saying he should have made Bryce Dallas Howard’s character a MALE archetype— you can “embrace her femininity” and not play to the naysaying stick-butted nag role. But of course I haven’t seen the movie. So I will hope and trust that he’s right, that the overused archetypes were so glaring because they plays into a larger idea of deconstructing those roles.
Or at the very least, that there will be lots of dinosaurs eating other dinosaurs and stuff.