Monsters and Motherhood: An overview of articles comparing Jurassic Park with Jurassic World and the latter’s treatment of its female lead

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Jurassic World is due for a Blu-Ray and DVD release on 20 October. I didn’t see the film at the cinema and while I may see Jurassic World at some point it’s not high on my list of want to see movies.

I’ve seen the other three films and read the first book, and there’s been a lot of buzz about the action and Chris Pratt. Yet even in the trailers and teasers there was a clear harkening back to the sexism of an earlier era. I’ve read many articles addressing the themes and tropes in Jurassic World and I’ve gathered them up here – this is not a review, more of a meta-analysis of existing articles which all speak to the same problems the movie has, particularly when it is compared to Jurassic Park, the first film in the franchise. As a childfree woman these articles are of especial concern to me.
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