Lesbians, Hollywood Hunks, and Dinosaurs! How Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Could Have Been So Much Gayer!
July 17, 2018
Ever since I was literally four years old, I have loved the Jurassic Park franchise. I have the books, the sheet music, mugs, T-Shirts; I have even been on the ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Orlando. So, it’s safe to say that I’m a massive fan. Name any character, and I can tell you what movie they’re in, which scene, who they’re talking to, I bet that I could even quote their lines…word perfect. But, the funny thing is that even though there has now been in total five movies, adding up to over 10 hours of movie magic, there hasn’t been any explicitly queer characters.
Now, obviously, Jurassic Park is not a romanic franchise. But there has been plenty of heterosexual pairing across the movies. Just look at the chemistry between Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler in the original movie; or Ian Malcolm and Sarah Harding in Jurassic Park: The Lost World; or even Owen Grady’s and Claire Dearing’s on and off again relationship within the Jurassic World movies. For a franchise about killer dinosaurs, there seems to be a lot of straight romance. And you have to bare in mind, it has been twenty-five years since the first instalment. That is twenty-five years of opportunities to include one queer character.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth entry into the dinosaur thriller franchise. Currently, it has grossed 1.137 billion dollars at the box office, with numbers rising as it continues its prolonged run within cinemas. And, get this, it was going to be our first Jurassic Park movie with an openly queer character! Amazing, right? Finally, we was going to get the LGBTQ+ representation we deserve! Nope. Everything relating to Dr. Zia Rodriguez’s queerness, was ‘cut for time.‘ Great. Isn’t that just dandy?
In an interview with Build, Daniella Pineda, who plays the hand’s on paleoveterinarian within the latest movie, stated that her character had an interaction with Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, in which she states…
‘I don’t date men, but if I did, it would be you.’
This isn’t the first time queer romantic subplots, or backstory have been ‘cut for time.’ Examples can be found everywhere, from Thor: Ragnarok, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and even Disney Channel’s Descendants 2. So, is this prove that Hollywood is homophobic? Evidence that big-budget movies can’t accept a queer life? Personally, even though I think it’s a massive shame that all of these were cut, I do not think that there is a hidden agenda behind it. The Lord of the Rings trilogy has over two hours of deleted scenes. And because film is a time restricted medium, there needs to be streamlining in order to strengthen the movie as a whole. I mean, think about it, if you are making a movie for a general audience, you really cannot go over two hours, because if you do, you’re average viewer will not want to sit through the run time. Cutting is apart of the process. That’s why we have Director’s Cut DVD’s. Sometimes dialogue, scenes, hell, whole characters get removed to make a movie a more focus, or to shorten its time.
But that still doesn’t mean that I’m not disapointed. The Jurassic World trilogy has been made to bring Jurassic Park into a whole new generation. And right now, we’re living in a time where kids are coming out younger, and are able to be their true selves at a much earlier stage in life. People are more accepting now. So, I do not see how having Dr. Rodriguez being openly queer would have be an issue. If anything, in the current climate, it would have worked well for the movie. Think about how much buzz it could have made!
I just think that it would have been amazing to grow up watching the movie, and seeing queer characters as life saving heroes. That would of had a massive impact on four year old me. It could have made a real change to peoples lives, or at least how they view the LGBTQ+ community. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom could have been so much gayer; and it really frustrates me that it isn’t.
There is some light at the end of this tunnel. Jurassic World Three is set to come out in 2021, so let’s all hope that it’s going to break through that glass ceiling, and finally give us the queer characters we all could do with seeing on the silver screen.