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‘Jurassic World’ Clip: Is Chris Pratt The New Ian Malcolm?

A new clip from the upcoming blockbuster movie Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt was released online Wednesday night.

As many reports have confirmed since its release, not a single dinosaur is shown throughout the one-and-a-half-minute clip.

However, a lot is revealed in the clip about Chris Pratt’s character, Owen Grady.

First, Owen Grady has great comic timing and finds subtle ways to turn certain topics into a sexual conversation. A great example of that occurred towards the beginning of Owen’s conversation with Claire Dearing, the park operations manager.

Claire Dearing: Mr. Masrani wanted me to consult with you.

Owen Grady: Do you want to consult here or in my bungalow?

Claire Dearing: That’s not funny.

Owen Grady: (laughs) A little funny.

Since Chris Pratt seemed to master both of those qualities when he played Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy last year, it’s not that far of a reach for him to nail the same qualities on the big screen in Jurassic World.

Another point that is learned about Owen Grady in the Jurassic World clip is that he has a high level of respect for dinosaurs and nature in general. His level of respect seems to override the science-based beliefs and theories of Claire Dearing and the rest of the “experts” working behind the scenes at Jurassic World, including Mr. Masrani.

For instance, Claire Dearing mentions that Mr. Masrani wanted Owen Grady onboard since he knew how to control the raptors. However, as Owen Grady stated in his response, his connection with the raptors is not about “control” at all.

“See? It’s all about control with you. I don’t control the raptors. It’s a relationship. Based on mutual respect. That’s why you and I never had a second date.”

In previous clips and trailers, Chris Pratt’s character seems to be making similar comments throughout the movie, especially when it comes to the dangers of creating dinosaurs in a lab.

Scientifically and on paper, it might make perfect sense. However, as each of the Jurassic Park movies have proven in the past — and Jurassic World will likely prove in the future — they should have paid closer attention to what Owen Grady (the rebel/smartest man in the movie) had to say.

Any true Jurassic Park fan should be able to look at Chris Pratt’s character, Owen Grady, and almost immediately draw a familiar connection. Owen Grady seems to be following the same line of logic once followed by none other than Dr. Ian Malcolm.

From the moment that Ian Malcolm stepped on the island in Jurassic Park and went behind-the-scenes to determine what John Hammond had done, his line of logic immediately led to doubts and uncertainties.

While he was ignored and even mocked in the very beginning, he quickly became the surprising hero that everyone wished they didn’t ignore.

An Easter Egg of sorts was revealed through the Jurassic World marketing campaign in the form of a now-viral photo. Even though it still has not been confirmed whether or not Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his iconic role in Jurassic World, it is at least good to see that his character made his mark.

Perhaps Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady will fill the shoes of Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World. Fans and critics will simply have to wait until the movie is released on June 12, 2015 to find out for sure.

[Image Credit: Collider & Cinema 52]

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