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Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Funny dino backstory has much action, some scares.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 48 minutes

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Educational Value

Intended to entertain rather than to educate, this story does involve the names and general physical likenesses of several dinosaur species.

 

Positive Messages

Claire's determination to do a good job and her ability to solve problems on the fly are important assets to Jurrassic World's success. Initially wary of self-assured Owen, she learns to appreciate his positive attributes and work effectively with him. It's their teamwork that saves the opening of the exhibit. A scheming character plots to unravel the employees' plans before he's discovered. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Owen's self-confidence leads him into some sticky situations, but to his credit, he always manages to find a solution to the problem. Claire works hard and holds herself to a high standard. The park's owner, Simon, is childish and expects his employees to bring all of his plans to fruition with little direction.

 

Violence & Scariness

Many scenes show dinosaurs baring their sharp teeth and roaring at human characters. Park employees carry guns that they can use to stun the animals. Several action sequences become perilous for the characters, especially Owen and Claire. Examples include a dicey helicopter ride that barely avoids crashing, vehicle rollovers, humans chased and otherwise threatened by dinosaurs, Owen falling down a cliff, and the like. No lasting injuries, though.

Sexy Stuff

Owen's attraction to Claire upon meeting her is shown by a slow-motion segment.

 

Language

In one scene, it's implied that a character made photocopies of his butt.

Consumerism

The story doubles as a lengthy (and very effective) commercial for the Lego brand and the Jurassic World sets especially. 

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit is an action-packed story whose events and character encounters predate those in Lego Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape and the live-action movie Jurassic World. Some dinosaurs (including a massive Tyrannosaurus rex) are shown roaring at, chasing, and threatening humans in scenes that might frighten young viewers. There also are several moments of peril for the characters, such as falling from a cliff, rolling their vehicle, and flying a helicopter through a storm. Kids will like the two main characters, Owen and Claire, who form a tenuous working relationship despite their very different personalities, and parents will like how Claire's industrious nature helps her solve problems and succeed in her job. This show doubles as extended marketing for the Lego and Jurassic World brands, of course, but it's a fun story with clever Lego-themed humor as well.  

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What's the story?

LEGO JURASSIC WORLD: THE SECRET EXHIBIT explores the backstory to Jurassic World and the initial encounter between animal behaviorist Owen Grady (voiced by Ian Hanlin) and assistant director Claire Dearing (Britt McKillip). The movie opens with Claire frantically working to ensure the park's owner, Simon Masrani (Dhirendra), can unveil his newest exhibit on schedule, but the dinosaurs slated for it are delayed in arriving. When they do get there, a series of unfortunate mishaps leads Claire and the dinosaurs' escort, Owen, on a quest across the island to deliver them safely to the exhibit and ensure that the other creatures are where they belong as well.

Is it any good?

This fun special transcends its odd pairing -- the Lego brand and the Jurassic World storyline, even given the discrepancy in target audiences for each. Jurassic World fans who might enjoy this origin story for its place in Claire's and Owen's relationship especially definitely aren't the kids who will most like the Lego humor that makes it a fun watch. And to some degree, the reverse is true: Kids who enjoy this intro to the characters and Jurassic World concept might want more follow-up than the only other Lego production of the same theme, The Indominus Escape.

That said, The Secret Exhibit does a decent job standing on its own merit. The story moves at a brisk pace and involves plenty of action and humor. Few details are overlooked in creating Jurassic World with Lego bricks, so everything from the plant life to the blocky papers that shoot out of a photocopier are reminiscent of their merchandise versions. Of course, this can also be its downfall if marketing in your kids' entertainment is a concern for you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about programming that's inspired by toys and other products marketed at kids. Do you think Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit is meant to entertain alone, or is its purpose to make you want Lego and Jurassic World merchandise? How well does it succeed on each count?

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  • What character strengths do you notice in Claire? Does the fact that she is a woman in a cast otherwise dominated by men make her stand out in a positive or negative way? How do she and Owen learn to work together effectively? Do you think it's the start of a good relationship?

  • Even though these characters are computer generated, did anything in this story worry or scare you? Is this show intended for kids or older viewers?

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