Somehow, Chris Pratt’s Owen in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is dumber than Avengers: Infinity War‘s Star-Lord/Peter Quill. It may be the summer of Josh Brolin with three of his movies (Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Sicario: Day of the Soldado) releasing in a span of two months, but his Marvel co-star, Pratt, is also having a busy blockbuster season with Infinity War and then Fallen Kingdom. Unfortunately, while Brolin has played three interesting and layered characters in Thanos, Cable and Matt Graver, Pratt’s characters haven’t been making the best decisions.
Less than two months since Infinity War hit theaters, Pratt is back on the big screen in J.A. Bayona’s Fallen Kingdom. But while MCU fans still haven’t gotten over Star-Lord’s disastrous outburst on Titan, they’re actually luckier than Jurassic fans as the latter need to deal with Owen’s lack of direction and foresight in the dinosaur-centric blockbuster.
Although Quill has a record of saving the galaxy twice, he, also played a part in the Avengers failing to stop Thanos (and, subsequently, Thanos wiping out half of all life in the galaxy). During the height of the Titan-set battle where Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man teamed up with some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord had an epic meltdown after realizing that the Mad Titan killed Gamora. This resulted in the villain regaining consciousness and ultimately getting what he wanted – the Time Stone, which made it possible for him to revive the destroyed Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead and ultimately enacting the catastrophic snap.
Pratt and Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have all defended Star-Lord’s colossal mistake by pointing out that he’s always been emotional, thus, it only made sense that it was his reaction upon finding out that his girlfriend is dead. In hindsight that’s true, and regardless of the consequences of his actions, it’s a testament to Marvel Studios’ commitment to crafting three-dimensional heroes. However, while Quill’s Infinity War emotional breakdown is forgivable, that’s just not the case for Owen in Fallen Kingdom.
What makes Pratt’s Fallen Kingdom stint more frustrating is that Owen was supposed to be the main hero of the movie. Oddly, however, he was always the one who needed saving. Except for a few instances where he was actually helpful (saving Claire and Franklin who were trapped in the submerged Gyrosphere and coming up with a plan to escape the prison cell that he and Claire were trapped in at the Lockwood mansion), he was mostly running around with no clear plan.
Things only got worse during the movie’s final act as he, Claire, and Maisie had to deal with the free-roaming Indoraptor. After Maisie ran to her room only to be followed by the deadly dinosaur, Owen came barging in with a firearm looking to save the day. Unfortunately, it turned out that his gun was only good for a few more shots – not enough to bring down the creature. Luckily for both of them, Blue arrived just in time to engage the Indoraptor in a fight. At that point, Owen could’ve had the presence of mind to get out of there while the two was still engaged in an intense fight, but instead, he mindlessly watched on the sideline while cradling Maisie. In the end, it was even the kid who found a way out of the room to save both their lives.
Finally, as Owen and Maisie were cornered by the Indoraptor on the roof, Owen tried to bait the dinosaur to attack him (with the help of Claire using the specialized gun), in the hopes that the glass roof won’t be able to carry its weight. What’s confusing, though, is that even upon seeing his plan fail, as the Indoraptor clung to the steel beams, Owen was once again staring blankly at the creature instead of coming up with another plan to finally defeat it, or at least get Maisie to a safer place. Fortunately, Blue was once again there to save the day – ultimately killing the Indoraptor by fatally impaling it on the Triceratops skull on display in the Lockwood great room.
Maybe they should make Blue the brains of the operation in Jurassic World 3.
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