She's right. Yes, Ian's intellect is delightful, but there is so much more to him than merely his education, and I'm glad Charity delved deeper into his psyche. He loves his daughter, more than even he knew at first, and he flies out to dinosaur island in a desperate attempt to protect the girlfriend he loves so much who just rushes pellmell into danger. Ian Malcolm, intellect aside, is a great guy and a great dad. I think you'll also enjoy how Charity ties fatherly love into all three Jurassic Park movies, because all three exhibit that bond in one way or another.
From Charity: Jurassic Park (A Lesson in Fatherhood)
In a high pressure, intense situation… what would you do?
Airlines tell you, in the event of a disaster, to put on your own oxygen mask before attending to the mask of the person next to you. The implication is that in disastrous situations, many would be selfless. And, human beings have proven this time and again … rushing into burning buildings, flooding rivers, or flaming overturned vehicles to save people they have never even met before. Why do we do it? Maybe because it’s inborn in us, to want to help where we can; that those stronger must help those in need. Evolution can’t explain it. Survival of the fittest doesn’t come into play… when we’re protecting the weak.
The granddaddy of all “protect the weak” stories is the Jurassic Park franchise. It exploded onto the big screen around the same time I was fully fascinated with dinosaurs … and in some sense, cured me of my desire to be a “dinosaur doctor” … ie, to have Alan Grant’s job. It’s still one of my favorite franchises, despite being gruesome; and though I have seen it dozens of times, it still scares the hell out of me every time I watch it. Spielberg knows how to create suspense. When Carissa invited me to participate in Jeff Goldblum Fest, I realized it was the chance to talk about one of my favorite film franchises … but I had no particular angle with which to approach it. And then, re-watching the second film with her over the weekend, everything fell into place, the common theme woven throughout these stories of people being eaten because of one man’s desire to play God – family.
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