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Colin Trevorrow responds to Joss Whedon's criticism of Jurassic World

06.04.2015

Shortly after the first JURASSIC WORLD clip was released, Joss Whedon criticized it as being sexist and tweeted “…and I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?" Whedon later admitted that the tweet was in "bad form," but we were left wondering if anyone involved in the production would address Whedon's tweet.

JURASSIC WORLD director Colin Trevorrow has finally responded to Whedon's comments and they're refreshingly honest. Trevorrow spoke with Bad Taste where he said that he "wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him.” Much like Whedon, I wasn't overly fond of the clip Universal released, but I took it for what it was: an out-of-context scene from a movie I haven't watched yet. However I was puzzled why Universal chose that clip to lead the pack, a question which was also on Trevorrow's mind:

I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses. The real protagonist of the movie is Claire and we embrace her femininity in the story’s progression. There’s no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that’s not what makes interesting female characters in my view. Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of his character.

Bryce Dallas Howard spoke with The Huffington Post where she expressed the same opinion as Trevorrow:

Marketing for a film is tricky because you release stuff without context. Of course there was a part of me being such a fan of him that was like, ‘Noooo!’ Especially because when you see the movie it’s not at all like that, but we make movies and it’s out there for public opinion and I hope that he likes the movie!

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2:49AM on 06/06/2015
I'm guessing a lot of footage was left on the cutting room & some major studio interference from Universal, since the running time was almost 2 & a half hours & now various sites are putting it just over 2 hours. Now based on this article it does seem Trevorrow gave a much more humble response compared to Whedon, which seemed a bit condescending.
I'm guessing a lot of footage was left on the cutting room & some major studio interference from Universal, since the running time was almost 2 & a half hours & now various sites are putting it just over 2 hours. Now based on this article it does seem Trevorrow gave a much more humble response compared to Whedon, which seemed a bit condescending.
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7:29PM on 06/06/2015
Are you saying that Whedon acted condescending? That just sounds so out of character for him.
Are you saying that Whedon acted condescending? That just sounds so out of character for him.
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2:25AM on 06/06/2015

I think Whedon was thinking about Jaws 3 when watching the clip from JW.

The world needs to stop kissing Joss Whedon's ass and stop praising him for Buffy, Firefly, Avengers....and some other work that does not compare to the works of Spielberg, Scorsese, Cameron, Lucas, Scott, Nolan, Fincher, Wilder, Cappa, Coppola, Hitchcock, Tarantino, and many others. Whedon is overrated and not an "A" List filmmaker.
The world needs to stop kissing Joss Whedon's ass and stop praising him for Buffy, Firefly, Avengers....and some other work that does not compare to the works of Spielberg, Scorsese, Cameron, Lucas, Scott, Nolan, Fincher, Wilder, Cappa, Coppola, Hitchcock, Tarantino, and many others. Whedon is overrated and not an "A" List filmmaker.
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9:47AM on 06/05/2015
I recently re-watched Jurassic Park Lost World and I really love it. Seen it a few times and the film holds up big time. Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore. As a story it works well for me.
I recently re-watched Jurassic Park Lost World and I really love it. Seen it a few times and the film holds up big time. Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore. As a story it works well for me.
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9:43AM on 06/05/2015
The Whedon tweet was a HUGE misstep for the director. Colin Trevorrow responded with a lot of class.

I'll tell you what I am hearing from family and friends. They are REALLY stoked to see Jurassic world next week. My son has asked if he can go see this with his friends. My daughter wants to see it. My friends all want to see it. In my little world the excitement for this is very high. Whedon should have known better than to criticize a film that hasn't even come out yet. In his
The Whedon tweet was a HUGE misstep for the director. Colin Trevorrow responded with a lot of class.

I'll tell you what I am hearing from family and friends. They are REALLY stoked to see Jurassic world next week. My son has asked if he can go see this with his friends. My daughter wants to see it. My friends all want to see it. In my little world the excitement for this is very high. Whedon should have known better than to criticize a film that hasn't even come out yet. In his business he wouldn't appreciate that kind of activity against one of his films.
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9:53AM on 06/05/2015
That's a really good point. Unfortunately I don't have the link to the article as proof, but I remember reading somewhere that part of why he didn't want to come back for more Marvel movies is the pressure from fans and outside-production commentary on the Marvel movies he was working on. Part of his reason for leaving is there is too much pressure from outside people commenting on what is and is not good about a movie that hasn't been released and is still in production. Kind of the same
That's a really good point. Unfortunately I don't have the link to the article as proof, but I remember reading somewhere that part of why he didn't want to come back for more Marvel movies is the pressure from fans and outside-production commentary on the Marvel movies he was working on. Part of his reason for leaving is there is too much pressure from outside people commenting on what is and is not good about a movie that hasn't been released and is still in production. Kind of the same commentary he threw at Trevarrow for Jurassic World, to sum up the entire themes and principles of the movie based on one out of context scene is a bit unfair to the people making Jurassic World. Comment on the finished product, not the production of the movie.
9:33AM on 06/05/2015
I still don't see what's wrong with the clip or how it's sexist. I understand what Whedon is saying, I just can't seem to see it in the clip. Where's the sexism? Did I watch another clip then he did? All I see is a scientist coming to ask for help and the guy flirts with her a bit. She doesn't engage in the flirting because she's not interested in him. I don't see anything wrong with that situation. I don't know, I don't get what the big deal is.
I still don't see what's wrong with the clip or how it's sexist. I understand what Whedon is saying, I just can't seem to see it in the clip. Where's the sexism? Did I watch another clip then he did? All I see is a scientist coming to ask for help and the guy flirts with her a bit. She doesn't engage in the flirting because she's not interested in him. I don't see anything wrong with that situation. I don't know, I don't get what the big deal is.
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9:44AM on 06/05/2015
I agree I don't recognize any 70s level sexism in any of the JW clips.
I agree I don't recognize any 70s level sexism in any of the JW clips.
9:56AM on 06/05/2015
Agreed. I watched the clip before ever hearing of Whedon's comment. Sexism never once crossed my mind during the clip. Both people are acting in character, I presume Pratt's character is a bit of a "rough" guy when it comes to training dinosaurs (you would have to be wouldn't you?) and Howard's character is a classy civilized [link] Pratt flirts and talks bluntly, Howard disregards his comments and wants to get right to the point. The exact same scene could have been had between two males,
Agreed. I watched the clip before ever hearing of Whedon's comment. Sexism never once crossed my mind during the clip. Both people are acting in character, I presume Pratt's character is a bit of a "rough" guy when it comes to training dinosaurs (you would have to be wouldn't you?) and Howard's character is a classy civilized [link] Pratt flirts and talks bluntly, Howard disregards his comments and wants to get right to the point. The exact same scene could have been had between two males, two females, or if the gender of the roles were reversed.
12:21PM on 06/05/2015
"Sexist" might've been too strong to put in a 140 character tweet with no room to explain it, but he's not necessarily wrong. It's insanely stereotypical to have the woman have this uptight, no-nonsense type of neurotic personality while the cool dude is trying to get her to loosen up and have fun. It's VERY dated and, yeah, it has its roots in classic sexism in that the guy is right (which, to be honest, that out-of-context scene is definitely spinning it that Chris Pratt is in the "right" and
"Sexist" might've been too strong to put in a 140 character tweet with no room to explain it, but he's not necessarily wrong. It's insanely stereotypical to have the woman have this uptight, no-nonsense type of neurotic personality while the cool dude is trying to get her to loosen up and have fun. It's VERY dated and, yeah, it has its roots in classic sexism in that the guy is right (which, to be honest, that out-of-context scene is definitely spinning it that Chris Pratt is in the "right" and she's not) and the woman needs to learn a lesson from him.

I'm sure it's a complete non-issue in the context of the movie itself, but that one scene DID raise a lot of eyebrows. Whedon wasn't necessarily wrong there, but again he should've known better than to run his mouth about it.
4:23PM on 06/05/2015
Well glad I'm not the only one. I thought I was losing my mind maybe.
Well glad I'm not the only one. I thought I was losing my mind maybe.
4:32PM on 06/05/2015
SauronsBANE.. explaining it like that, I can see what Whedon is saying a little better. But I feel like to come to that conclusion is reaching. I still feel like my original assessment is the better of the 2 explanations of what's going on in that scene. She doesn't seem uptight to me, she seems uninterested.
SauronsBANE.. explaining it like that, I can see what Whedon is saying a little better. But I feel like to come to that conclusion is reaching. I still feel like my original assessment is the better of the 2 explanations of what's going on in that scene. She doesn't seem uptight to me, she seems uninterested.
5:10PM on 06/05/2015
@Can Ispeak To Ken, I totally hear what you're saying, and I actually agree that my explanation is probably reaching a bit...but I don't think the actual flirting in and of itself is what Whedon had a problem with here. It's not that she's uninterested in Chris Pratt's flirting, it's the fact that they make such a point to portray Claire as someone who's uptight in ALL aspects of her life (not just in her love life or dating life) and that she needs this loose, laid-back, handsome rogue to help
@Can Ispeak To Ken, I totally hear what you're saying, and I actually agree that my explanation is probably reaching a bit...but I don't think the actual flirting in and of itself is what Whedon had a problem with here. It's not that she's uninterested in Chris Pratt's flirting, it's the fact that they make such a point to portray Claire as someone who's uptight in ALL aspects of her life (not just in her love life or dating life) and that she needs this loose, laid-back, handsome rogue to help her change. Again, calling it "sexism" is pretty harsh, but it is extremely dated and old-fashioned. In 2015, it's a little weird to depict a woman like that. That's all I'm saying, and I'm sure that's the main point that Whedon was driving at, though obviously I can't speak for him.

Either way, I'm sure it's a non-issue!
2:19AM on 06/07/2015
@SauronsBANE. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing,but you must be a blast at parties, especially retirement parties. God you are boring.
@SauronsBANE. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing,but you must be a blast at parties, especially retirement parties. God you are boring.
6:39AM on 06/05/2015
Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of HIS character? Is that a typo?
Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of HIS character? Is that a typo?
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9:24AM on 06/05/2015
I was thinking the same thing. I was like... "wait.. what?.. His?? wtf is that a typo or did he really say 'his'."
I was thinking the same thing. I was like... "wait.. what?.. His?? wtf is that a typo or did he really say 'his'."
9:44AM on 06/05/2015
Probably said "this" and there was a typo.
Probably said "this" and there was a typo.
9:57PM on 06/04/2015
SJW's unite we will not stop until all men are enslaved!!!!!
SJW's unite we will not stop until all men are enslaved!!!!!
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9:40AM on 06/05/2015
Nothing reveals an idiot faster than using "SJW" unironically.
Nothing reveals an idiot faster than using "SJW" unironically.
5:05PM on 06/05/2015
Hummm...
Two things...
What makes you think it's UNironically, YellowB ?
And (English NOT being my first language), what means SJW ?
Hummm...
Two things...
What makes you think it's UNironically, YellowB ?
And (English NOT being my first language), what means SJW ?
5:10PM on 06/05/2015
SJW = Social Justice Warrior

He is using SJW to disparage people who care about the rights of others. That's exactly how its intended to be used.

SJW = Social Justice Warrior

He is using SJW to disparage people who care about the rights of others. That's exactly how its intended to be used.

6:48PM on 06/05/2015
It's amazing how nerds love to throw around pejoratives like "SJW" while conveniently forgetting that their favorite heroes would literally describe themselves as Social Justice Warriors too.

Totally agreed, ThatYellowBastard. I ALWAYS tune out people who use the term "SJW" at all.
It's amazing how nerds love to throw around pejoratives like "SJW" while conveniently forgetting that their favorite heroes would literally describe themselves as Social Justice Warriors too.

Totally agreed, ThatYellowBastard. I ALWAYS tune out people who use the term "SJW" at all.
9:37PM on 06/04/2015
Claire is the real protagonist? Whoa. Spoilers, Colin. Spoilers.
Claire is the real protagonist? Whoa. Spoilers, Colin. Spoilers.
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8:17PM on 06/04/2015
Yeah I didn't necessarily disagree with anything Whedon said about that clip, though he definitely should've realized that it was a completely out-of-context clip and that he could've responded to it in a much better way. Still cool to see Trevorrow NOT get defensive about it and actually admit that he agrees to a certain extent, though I'm much more excited by the fact that he says Claire is really the main character and that they do her justice. I'm still on the fence about this movie, but I
Yeah I didn't necessarily disagree with anything Whedon said about that clip, though he definitely should've realized that it was a completely out-of-context clip and that he could've responded to it in a much better way. Still cool to see Trevorrow NOT get defensive about it and actually admit that he agrees to a certain extent, though I'm much more excited by the fact that he says Claire is really the main character and that they do her justice. I'm still on the fence about this movie, but I can't wait to see it and decide for myself.
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7:51PM on 06/04/2015
Can't come out soon enough.
Can't come out soon enough.
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7:26PM on 06/04/2015

I can't express enough how big of a let down this movie is.

I wasn't even expecting anything exciting. I was thinking this would be another dud like JP3 and even JP2.

This movie is just not good in any measure. They have so many moments that are so out of place. It is like the director wanted to make a super hero movie starring Chris Pratt so they gave him Hulk like abilities to survive everything and control raptors as if he was their God.

The effects are so hit and miss. There are many scenes that are just bad (the Raptors ALWAYS look like
I wasn't even expecting anything exciting. I was thinking this would be another dud like JP3 and even JP2.

This movie is just not good in any measure. They have so many moments that are so out of place. It is like the director wanted to make a super hero movie starring Chris Pratt so they gave him Hulk like abilities to survive everything and control raptors as if he was their God.

The effects are so hit and miss. There are many scenes that are just bad (the Raptors ALWAYS look like shit). IT's like watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit. There is this obvious layer between the actors and all the CG bullshit that it just takes away from the suspense and action.

Speaking of action. Because it's 100% CGI, there is a lot of quick cuts and stuff you would expect from a director who never filmed any action scenes. It's all stuff that on paper may sound fun, but in reality it just looks horrible.
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7:35PM on 06/04/2015
that's really sad to hear. Where'd you see it?
that's really sad to hear. Where'd you see it?
7:35PM on 06/04/2015
...coming from a guy who has yet to see the movie.
...coming from a guy who has yet to see the movie.
7:46PM on 06/04/2015
Yeah you haven't seen it. Thanks for coming out.
Yeah you haven't seen it. Thanks for coming out.
8:09PM on 06/04/2015
So, you were thinking it would be a huge dud, yet you can't express enough how big of a letdown the movie was. Sure.
So, you were thinking it would be a huge dud, yet you can't express enough how big of a letdown the movie was. Sure.
8:18PM on 06/04/2015
Even if you did see this, there are NDA's and embargoes that prevent anyone from saying a thing about it for at least another few days, so have fun with that.
Even if you did see this, there are NDA's and embargoes that prevent anyone from saying a thing about it for at least another few days, so have fun with that.
12:31AM on 06/05/2015
Still trying to convince everyone that you've seen this flick and it sucks? You've already been well busted so quit while you're behind.
Still trying to convince everyone that you've seen this flick and it sucks? You've already been well busted so quit while you're behind.
1:40AM on 06/05/2015
You are such a dick, perhaps you can do us all a favour and save your bullshit for somewhere else.
You are such a dick, perhaps you can do us all a favour and save your bullshit for somewhere else.
5:02PM on 06/05/2015
Please guys...
Even though I'm far from being a fan of MD88, IT IS actually possible that he saw the movie at a press screening and is just not respecting the NDA...
He has a right for his opinion (I disagree with him, but that's not the point, here !)
Please guys...
Even though I'm far from being a fan of MD88, IT IS actually possible that he saw the movie at a press screening and is just not respecting the NDA...
He has a right for his opinion (I disagree with him, but that's not the point, here !)
1:51AM on 06/06/2015
@Cathelotte. The problem with Masterdebater88 is that he/she posts a comment but never backs it up. They are not a master of debating.
@Cathelotte. The problem with Masterdebater88 is that he/she posts a comment but never backs it up. They are not a master of debating.
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