Jurassic World has been finally released for all the world to see. Right now, box office-wise (which is actually the only that Hollywood finds important), the film is crushing it. Film critics are torn regarding the quality of the film. They can’t seem to agree if the film is good or not. However, there is a group of dinosaur fans that dislike the film. Not because it’s quality or anything like that. Rather, they’re upset regarding that the film depicts dinosaurs without feathers.
Now, you may not know that, recently, paleontologists have discovered that a good majority, if not all, dinosaurs actually had feathers instead of scales. There are a lot of fossils that appear to prove this theory and it is precisely the reason why a lot of paleontologists hate the scientific inaccuracy of showing scaly dinosaurs in Jurassic World. After all, the idea of having a theme park that’s supposed to have real life dinosaurs for educational purposes should be as accurate as the real thing, right?
Well, sure. I can see their point. But, in all honesty, I’m glad Jurassic World decided to go with the “regular” dinosaurs.
To be fair, the film does kind of explain why this is. In fact, the first film of the franchise, Jurassic Park, also addresses it. Essentially, they couldn’t get the complete DNA makeup of all the dinosaurs, so they filled in the gaps with present day animals, like frogs. Hence, featherless dinosaurs. But that still hasn’t appeased the hardcore “dinosaurs have feathers” camp.
I do feel their pain as well. Us geeks have endured the pain of watching our beloved children’s franchises get mangled by crappy live-action films like Transformers and the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But that is precisely why I didn’t want to see fluffy dinosaurs in Jurassic World! It’s because the “original” creatures in the first three Jurassic Park films didn’t depict them with colorful plumes!
You see, when I saw the first Jurassic Park some 22 years ago in the movie theater, I was blown away by the visuals. The dinosaurs looked fearsome and threatening. This was the first time I’ve ever heard of the velociraptor and the tiny carnivorous beasts left a strong impression. That’s not to say I wasn’t impressed by the T-Rex. That thing looked badass in Jurassic Park! There were more dinos than the two mentioned but none of them had feathers. Yes, the feathers hadn’t been discovered yet so that’s why they didn’t depict these ancient reptiles being covered with them.
So now they decided to make a new film based on Jurassic Park. They’ve discovered that dinosaurs may have had feathers. While it may be scientifically accurate to now characterize the creatures with them, I’m glad they didn’t because it would be too much of a radical change from the original films. In the end, Jurassic World is a sequel to a film franchise so it has to remain true to the series, not scientific accuracy.
Jurassic World is essentially science fiction, not science fact. It was meant to entertain audiences and not to educate the masses. Ultimately, I think Jurassic World succeeded in giving us a good film. Would it have been made better if they followed the fact that most dinos were covered in feathers? I don’t know but, as a fan of the previous films, I don’t think I would’ve liked it.
Besides, if you really want to see feathered dinosaurs, go watch Dinosaur Island. Or rather, don’t. It’s horrible! You see? Just because it’s accurate, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be entertaining!
What’s your take on the feathers vs. non-feathers debate of Jurassic World? Let me know what they are in the comments below!