Caution: If you haven’t watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom be cautious! Spoilers lie ahead.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, continues to be a hit at the box office and audiences can’t help but notice that the film seems to be paying homage to another of Steven Spielberg’s famous classic films- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
It is hard not to notice that Spielberg was an executive producer on the blockbuster if you are a big fan. The film is full of surprises, but director J.A. Bayona revealed how the film honored nostalgic E.T. characters.
Bayona confirmed on Yahoo that the fan favorite alien E.T. makes an appearance as the film comes to an end. At the Lockwood estate, the Indoraptor finds its way into the house where tension rises. Maisie (Isabella Sermon) is being targeted. With nowhere or no body else to turn to (her grandfather is viciously murdered), the poor thing sprints up about 6 floors to her bedroom and gets under the covers. With horror movie like suspense, the super intelligent, insanely adept Indoraptor seems to purposely torment the small and now petrified girl. The genetically modified monster is able to hauntingly open the tiniest of window latches with one of its talons. It is at this point that viewers could spot an E.T. doll in the background if they looked closer.
“In the dinosaur fight in Maisie’s room, there are a lot of toys,” said Bayona as confirmed by cbr.com. “And if you take a look at the toys, you will see there’s an E.T.character there. You try to have fun, but at the same time you try to integrate that nostalgia into the story you’re telling.”
We couldn’t help but notice that this wasn’t the only E.T. reference. Bayona also confirmed that Maisie’s red sweatshirt was an inspiration from Elliot. “That’s very Amblin, very Spielbergian,” he said.
Finally, a third E.T. unexpected surprise comes at the very end of Fallen Kingdom. As a now free to roam a still very human-run America, Blue looks out across a canyon full of homes as a possible set-up of a third Jurassic World. That neighborhood is the same one from the classic film.
Not only were there callbacks to the adorable alien flick, but the T-Rex from the first Jurassic Park film was back again in several heart racing scenes that reminded us who’s been queen since ’93. There was also a melancholy tribute to Jon Hammond, the late father of Jurassic Park.
Did you catch any of the E.T. hints in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Did you think the film did a good job at poking at our nostalgic nerves?
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