Jurassic Park: And Everything Goes Wrong

July 12, 2020, 8:56 PM

I just rewatched Spielberg's cultural phenomenon Jurassic Park last night and found it to be quite self-referential that the movie uses the "and everything goes wrong" story trope typically found in theme park rides since the film is set in a theme park (basically Animal Kingdom on acid). Therefore, I thought it would be fun to open a discussion of other theories/observations about the use of theme park tropes in theme park-centric movies.

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July 12, 2020, 10:25 PM

I actually think Jurassic World had better theme park satire. The animal water show, the obligatory monorail, the teenage employees in over their heads dealing with irate guests.

July 13, 2020, 1:21 AM

Good point! I don't quite remember Jurassic World but I wasn't really talking about the satire in Jurassic Park as much as the irony of the "everything goes wrong" trope being used for a theme park movie.

July 13, 2020, 4:30 AM

Are there a lot of theme park centric movies?

There is that terrible Final Destination with the roller coaster...

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