This being summer movie season, we’re prepared ahead of time to just let silly stuff fly on the screen in front of us as we munch popcorn and write it off to entertainment. But sometimes a summer movie comes along and surprises you with its highbrow intentions. And in the case of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we get that in the form of a highbrow high-heels metaphor.
Yes, much has been made about the fact that Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire spends most of the first Jurassic World out-running T-Rexes around the jungle in a pair of 3.5-inch nude Sam Edelman heels.
While Claire's heels may have seemed rather silly to some, apparently those shoes represented the very essence of Claire as a person. “It’s a part of the character and kind of a metaphor for her journey. And that’s how it was intended in the first, and intended in the second,” Howard recently told Radio Times.
A metaphor, if you’ll recall from English 101, is basically when a thing is represented as symbolic of something else. While Howard doesn’t get into the finer points of why her heels are metaphorical of her Jurassic World journey, there are certainly plenty of college papers to be written on the subject. (Please let us know your best guesses in the comments!)
In the end, regardless of the hero’s footwear or the symbolism behind such footing, the movie made dino-sized bank at the box office, and Claire came through a changed woman, the very portrait of the lead in the film. But apparently Claire hasn’t changed so much that she’s forever ditching the heels.
**SPOILER WARNING: Jurassic World high-heeled spoilers below!**
Despite all the hullabaloo, Claire wears heels during her very first appearance in Fallen World, but that’s entirely because Howard stood up for Claire’s right to height. Howard goes on to tell Radio Times that the script specifically called for Claire to be wearing sneakers in her first scene, which just didn’t jibe with the character. “And I just circled that when I was reading it and I was like, ‘No… no it’s an office, Claire would wear heels.’ And then it was like another scene where I’m like, ‘Hmm, well Claire’s kind of like… she’s going to wear heels in this scene also.’”
That’s not to say that Claire doesn’t bring along a pair of boots when she heads back to Isla Nublar, as she’s far more prepared for the journey this time around, both from a footwear perspective and a metaphorical one. And as Howard says, it’s all befitting of her character: “…she can do both! She can wear flats, and she can wear heels!”
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and all its highbrow metaphors, opens wide June 22.