Back in April, Joss Whedon criticized the first Jurassic World clip for 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?”
While I don’t think he was wrong about the clip, it was slightly poor form to take down a movie that hadn’t even opened and based on 90 seconds of the story no less.
Director Colin Trevorrow was recently asked about Whedon’s comments, and handled it like a class act. Speaking to Bad Taste [via The Playlist], Trevorrow said, “I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him,” going on to say that he was confused about why Universal went with a clip that could look bad when taken out of context:
“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,” he said. “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.”
That’s the most encouraging thing I’ve heard about the movie, although I wonder how closely the final film will stick to it. Is Claire the one who gets to do all the science stuff and Owen (Chris Pratt) gets to go out and handle the action with his raptor buddies?
Bryce Dallas Howard agrees with Trevorrow that Whedon’s criticism was warranted, but tells the Huffington Post:
“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, ‘Nooooo!’ 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 he likes the movie!”
Whedon seems like a guy who keeps an open mind, but if he ends up seeing Jurassic World, someone will have to ask him his opinion in an interview since the director decided to leave Twitter not long after Avengers: Age of Ultron opened.