I can't deny it, I loved it. It was stupid yes, but not offensively stupid. It was a very harmless and even endearing kind of stupid. When it comes to dinosaurs and especially stuff like Jurassic Park I still am kind of a child at heart so if a scene can make me go 'YEAH!' I might overlook a few glaring contrivances or unrealistic moments. Jurassic Park was full of unrealistic moments but they were done so well it wasn't glaringly stupid and the same goes for Jurassic World.
I think the trick is making it entertaining, a shitty movie having a contrived moment like that is just going to be mocked and hated and in a lesser movie I would have hated this scene for how contrived it was and how cheesy it was because my god it was so cheesy it could be considered a dairy product but my god they just got it right.
Sure it was dumb the way the Raptor charges out to save the T-rex's life complete with dramatic music as she jumped onto Indominus's back and then Rexy got back up and delivered whatever the dinosaur equivalent of a choke slam was. And yes it was bizarre the way the two dinosaurs were working so perfectly in tandem especially considering this wasn't predatory behavior and was something ripped out of a Kaiju movie. And yeah great coincidence that Mosasaurus was just hanging around to grab whoever was dumb enough to dangle their tail over the water. And of course in real life after the battle the two remaining dinosaurs would probably just attack each other, Rexy has been known to like Raptor meat in the past after all, rather than just seemingly smile at each other like 'got your back bro'. And yeah let's not even get started on Bryce Dallas Howard outrunning a Tyrannosaurus in fucking high heels
But oh my god it was SO GOOD! The moment when my friends and I realized that she was going to bring in the 'big guns' and the way we hear the T-rex stomping out of the paddock and the epic slow motion as the T-rex enters mainstreet and sees Indominus and you could practically hear a bell ring and an announcer yelling 'FIGHT' as the two attacked. (loved the T-rex destroying the Spinosaurus skeleton, refuse to believe that was anything more than a thinly veiled 'screw you' to JP3 which I welcome.) And yeah poor Rexy almost gets herself killed but then, of all things, the Raptor helps save the day and defying all their natural instincts these two species work together to bring down a monster that is a hybrid of them both. And then after the fight the pair stare each other down and there is a moment of recognition between the two of them as they seemingly make peace. It was glorious and the animation was so good because it was impossible not to see some kind of personality there, the T-rex was the old veteran who just showed that other ***** who's boss and is making peace with the brave Raptor who dared to do what was right. In the process tearing down the racial barriers that had effected these two for so long. (That's all me being silly and hyperbolic obviously).
Again, silly and stupid sure but so cool you don't care. Hell I found it oddly endearing, some people may complain about this anthropomorphizing the dinosaurs and I get that but you know audiences are already going to project a personality onto them anyway (for god's its name is REXY... presumably short for 'Rexanne') so why the hell not? It made a fun fight scene and oh man it was a great climax just that little better by adding something that I can objectively say is stupid but can also say with total confidence that I loved regardless.
I mean really it was just as contrived in Jurassic Park that the T-rex just snuck in and attacked the raptors, saving the main cast in the process, without human nor raptor noticing her come in. Or for that matter not breaking out of the Visitor's centre and chasing the jeep all the way out to the helicopter after she'd finished eating them. But we didn't care because it was such a cool satisfying ending and I feel the same way here. I bloody loved that scene, all the cheesiness in the world can't change the fact that the buddy duo of Rexy and Blue (and a giant oceanic Lizard) could take down the mighty and fearsome Indominus Rex.
And yeah it is the same T-rex from the first Jurassic Park. You can tell from the scars all over it (the old scars, not the ones gained by the end of the movie) which she got from the Raptor attacks. This was also confirmed by the director and the official marketing website. That also explains why she looked so old, all pale and greyish, she's been around for a long time. It was basically Liam Neeson if he were a dinosaur.... and a lady. A 'She-Rex' if you will. I knew she had to come into play in a big way for that reason alone and if she was only glimpsed briefly early in the movie you knew she was coming back to fight the big bad, no way they'd have the T-rex come back and do nothing. But the Raptor being an unlikely ally? That was definitely new. The right mix of old school nostalgia and new age 'wow didn't see that coming' and even just some cutesy 'aww dinosaurs made friends' kept me from caring too much about the cheese in the room.
Also can I just say I love that this scene, arguably the best scene of the film, wasn't ruined by the trailer? Like there were a lot of good scenes never shown in the trailers and that is so rare.