Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015) is progressive about some things (capitalism, managerialism) and reactionary about others (gender, race, animals). It is also fun entertainment. What underpins all this is anxiety about proper procreation. This fuels the film's perceptions of economic enterprise and the natural order and also provides the source or reassurance so necessary for having fun. But perhaps there is just a hint that the reassurance itself is insecure.
Jurassic World and Procreation Anxiety
Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus at Kings College London and Professorial Fellow at University of St Andrews. His books include Stars (BFI, 1979), Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society (St. Martin's, 1988), White: Essays on Race and Culture (Routledge, 1997), Pastiche (Routledge, 2007), Nino Rota: Music, Film and Feeling (BFI, 2010), and Lethal Repetition: Serial Killing in European Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
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Richard Dyer; Jurassic World and Procreation Anxiety. Film Quarterly 1 December 2015; 69 (2): 19–24. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2015.69.2.19
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