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Fans of the latest film in the Jurassic Park franchise have been left feeling sad and deflated after a scene in the latest film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
You perhaps wouldn't expect a blockbuster film about dinosaurs to be as much of an emotional rollercoaster as people are making out, but apparently there are some really tear-jerking moments as the film reaches a conclusion.
The scene shows Owen (Chris Pratt), Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), and Franklin (Justice Smith), making their escape on the last boat out of Isla Nublar - one of the fictional islands inhabited by dinosaurs - as it is destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
As they leave, they see a giant brachiosaurus - the gentle giant of the dinosaur world - stranded on the docks with no way to rescue itself. The dinosaur has nothing to do but wait for an inevitable death in the volcanic fires.
The film's director J.A. Bayona, told the Hollywood Reporter that it represented a tying up of 25 years of the franchise, harking back to the very first film in the series - Jurassic Park.
You see, the brachiosaurus was the first dinosaur that was spotted in the very first film, as John Williams' soaring orchestral score announced the arrival at Jurassic Park.
He said: "That scene represents the ending of a dream that started 25 years ago. You are telling the ending of that island and the ending of that dream."
There you have it - nothing hits viewers in the heartstrings like a dying dinosaur, it turns out.
Bayona also said in the same interview that he tried to drag a little bit more emotion out of his cast at that moment by playing them a sombre, twinkly piano version of the main theme.
He continued: "I played a very sweet and a little sad version of the Jurassic Park melody. So that was very effective for the actors, especially for Bryce.
"Being there, telling that story, listening to music from John Williams, they were all very emotional."
It obviously worked, if the Twitter reaction is anything to go by:
Bloody hell - it's only a CGI dinosaur, guys.
Despite getting mixed reviews, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has largely been a box-office success. In fact, it became the third highest grossing film of 2018 so far. You can still catch it in cinemas now.
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