In the original Jurassic Park—adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg, three years later Michael Crichton‘s 1990 novel brought dinosaurs back to life – good-hearted paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and clever mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) browse a concise historical timeline as they ponder the wisdom of this wonderland theme park. You may even know the rules by heart.
Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man makes dinosaurs.
saddle maker: Dinosaurs eat humans. The woman inherits the earth.
It’s a moment of levity before the T. rex breaks up the party. It’s also a nod to the film’s apocalyptic warnings.
“Jeff Goldblum and I spent a day yesterday in between interviews reflecting on how much further down the horror hole we have gone,” Dern said by phone earlier this week, referring to the existential crisis our planet is facing. It’s the morning after the Los Angeles premiere of Jurassic World: Dominion, the last episode of the Jurassic World trilogy landing in theaters today, featuring the old gang (including Sam Neilli), the reboot stars (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard), and newcomers (DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Campbell Scott†
As much as it’s an action-packed sci-fi work, Dern appreciates “being part of a franchise that seamlessly, from the original story, is about one previous extinction and how to avoid another, and nature versus science, and greed of companies,” she says. say. It was only fitting that, nearly three decades later, her character would have turned her attention to environmental science. On-screen, the fictional Dr. Sattler the effects of genetically modified food and industrial farming,” as I, Laura Dern, sit on every plane – I am now traveling a lot – with my new bible, which is John Doerrhis book, Speed & Scale† It is such a gift to practically explain for us how to reach net zero [carbon emissions] by 2050. But it also looks at how we got here.”
A spin-off trilogy is necessarily steeped in nostalgia. The 1993 original is preserved in the minds of the people, even as it continues to attract new recruits. (In the Time, Dern recalled watching it with her daughter three days before she left to shoot the latest movie: “It was great seeing it through her eyes — there’s nothing dated about it.”) Just as seemingly unchanged is the 55-year-old Dern herself. In the movie, when Dr. Sattler turns to Neill’s Dr. Grant, her skin looks surreally fresh, as if her facialist has taken up residence in a dusty corner of this dig tent. The same goes for the actor at the LA premiere, where the beauty looks – a loose ponytail by hairstylist Frida Aradottir, with a fresh red lip by old makeup artist Simone Siegel—had a minimalist, timeless quality.