When Trevorrow refers to “real people in the real world, like ET”, he seems to be talking more about the humans who took in the alien, ET himself being the proverbial “a different thing” in an otherwise normal world. . Similarly, with Indiana Jones, Trevorrow mentions how the character injures himself, something we see in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” scene above, where Harrison Ford’s character examines his bumps and bruises – then takes a another accidental blow to the head as Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) spins the mirror.
The fact that Indy is physically vulnerable like this raises the stakes of his adventures and helps set him in a quasi-realistic “reel world”, you might say. The same goes for the characters in “Jurassic Park,” who display emotional vulnerabilities as well as physical vulnerabilities that leave Ian Malcolm, say, hurt after the T.Rex escapes from his enclosure and attacks his jeep. /The film’s Jeremy Mathai recently argued that the best scene from “Jurassic Park” doesn’t involve dinosaurs at all: it’s the one where park owner John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) talks about the failure of his flea circus to Dern’s character, Dr. Ellie Satler, over ice cream.
Scenes like these keep the elements of the fantastical in Spielberg’s films grounded in relatable human moments. It’s up to the viewer to decide if Trevorrow manages to recapture some of that Spielberg magic in ‘Jurassic World: Dominion,’ but it’s nice to know that Spielberg himself was there to help the trainer, and of course, his advice has applications beyond this single film to really any narrative future storytellers seeking to follow in his footsteps might conceive.