In 'Jurassic World,' a dino-sized animal-rights parable

Universal Pictures

NEW YORK (AP) - The dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" are many things. They are special effects wonders. They are unruly house guests. And they are some of the biggest, most foot-stomping metaphors around.

Since Steven Spielberg's 1993 original, the dinos of "Jurassic Park" have been weighed down with meanings that sometimes shift movie to movie. If they look a touch tired in the latest "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," it could be from all the allegorical baggage they've been carrying.

Twenty-five years ago, the dinosaurs stood for the magical but fearsome power of genetic engineering. In 2015's "Jurassic World," they were focus group-approved theme park attractions that doubled for Hollywood blockbusters themselves.

Now, in "Fallen Kingdom," the scaly ones are pursued by poachers and others who wish to capture and capitalize on an endangered species.

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