By Omar Del Rio
After watching Jurassic World, I could help but get sad after getting out of the movie theater. I remember watching Jurassic Park so many times it makes me angry I don’t feel anything after watching Jurassic World. I can only conjecture on the reason why I didn’t feel emotion watching the movie: Maybe I have been de sensitized after watching other CGI-heavy films. Maybe the story is not that great? Days passed, and I still had that melancholic feeling of not being able to enjoy a movie. Then I invited my cousin to see a movie. The only movie I hadn’t seen was Inside Out because it was it opening weekend. And then it happened. This movie made me cry. It wasn’t me. It was the movie. Jurassic World didn’t even move a single sentimental hair. Inside Out was a unique experience. It wasn’t a remake, reboot, or a re-imagination. It was new. There were no expectations. It just hit me. This little kid’s movie made me cry.
When Inside Out started, I looked at my cousin’s face to read his reaction after seeing that the entire movie theater was being filled with snot filled, loud mother, crying kids. We were the only grown men in at least five rows. It was impressive the number of attendance of the movie theater young crowd. There were big families with popcorn ready to enjoy a kid’s film. My cousin and I felt… well weird to say the least. As it’s traditional in a Pixar film, a small short started. The cacophony suddenly disappeared, and you can perceive the silence of a childhood audience as unique. The silence was there, but the expectation made it better. It was a small short (you can almost call it a music video) about a volcano and his desire for a companion.
But I didn’t think too much about other than it made a funny homophonic joke about the word Lava (love-a). The film starts and the first shot is a birth. We see this little girl grow up and how emotions are represented by abstract characters each representing an emotion. Collecting memories filled with different colors each color representing joy, sadness, anger disgust. I won’t describe the entire movie. Everything seems ok and at a two-thirds of the movie some adult shit happens. If you’ve seen the movie you know what moment I am talking about. Then something I’ve never witness in a movie theater happens. Whispers and gasps abound. This big room filled with kids reacted the same way I did. We tried to suppress sorrow. The entire room was emotional. I tried to look at my cousin, but I just didn’t want to spoil the moment. I loved every single moment. I realized one important thing. A filmmaker that try to create stories for children fail. Why? Because the infantilization only limits storytelling. If you treat a little boy as an adult, you not only teach him something you let him empathize at the same level an adult does. The audience reacted like an adult because there is no other way. After the movie ended my cousin and I barely spoke. I think he enjoyed it also.
But I tried to analyze why my Jurassic World reaction wasn’t even close to this movie. Being Jurassic Park sequel, I thought it was going to bring memories of younger days, but it didn’t. I remember having a moment of déjà vu when the Indo-something dinosaur was trying to destroy the motorized crystal ball to get in then I realized the entire movie’s beats were copied after Jurassic Park with that moment trying to capture the same feelings of the moment the T-rex tries to eat the kids in the jeep. The entire movie felt weird because I was analyzing it at the same time it was being shown in the theater.
This two movies might not be related but if you think deep about they are linked regarding, how each movie treats its legacy. With Pixar, they put a short before the movie then the movie starts, and that is all. They do not deal with the melancholic molasses every single remake deals with. In comparison, Jurassic World being an okay movie beats your head with exact plot points, except that there are being brought in a bigger and re-marketable way. The movie even is self-aware when they describe that what they are doing is making this new dinosaur (movie) bigger monster of the same bits and pieces of other dinosaurs (movies(Jurassic Park)). At the end of the day, I pray to Pixar that they keep trying new stuff and surprise us with amazing new stuff. Although I’m not sure I I’m going to enjoy watching “Finding Dory.”