…but here’s a thought:
Am I the only person who finds it weird when the dinosaur saves the day? Not just because it’s a reprise of the first and we hadn’t seen the T-Rex through the movie, but actually more because I’m not rooting for the dinosaur. I’m rooting for the people surely?
I remember feeling this big time with the original and wanted to see Sam Neil or Laura Dern save the day, but the theory I guess was the T-Rex was the real star. This was always problematic for me in the same way Jaws would feel weird had the shark been defeated by another fish instead of the humans we’d been worried about for the entire picture. I always felt the first JP movie needed a SMILE, YOU SON OF A BITCH moment and then an explosion, but then I was never especially into dinosaurs. I liked them well enough, but I suspect the whole fascination is slightly overplayed with kids these past 20 years as they were no bigger a deal for me than knights or cowboys and way, way less than superheroes. Ditto my buddies.
Am I the only pro-human audience member who feels slightly weirded by these endings in otherwise very good films? Maybe at 23 I was just too grown-up for first JP movie.