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I've started going through the Jurassic Park films. I hardly ever remember seeing them, so I thought I should pay a visit.


Jurassic Park: Wow. This is not only a popcorn movie, but it's actually a really good movie at the same time. Everything about it is just...really good. The suspense, effects, characters, etc. John William's score is amazing and easily remembered. Even the "worst" effects in the movie are still pretty good by today's standards. The awesome animatronics and real physical effects constituted most of the film--and that's how it should be done. I love this movie.


So last night, I invite my girl over to watch Jurassic Park II. I went in with expectations that it's not as good as the first film.


Jurassic Park II: Ok...the movie works because it entertains but it's completely second rate. Gone is William's amazing primary theme. Gone is an original story (but a arguably a "forced" rehashed plot). Gone is Sam Neil. What it gained is an annoying lead actress. Well, maybe not entirely her fault, but her character annoyed me so much that I wanted her to get eaten by a T-rex. She doesn't care all all about her kid, she was frigging crazy, and she brought on some of the worst chick-drama ever in a movie. Not only this, but apparently she has a problem not telling her family that she is going far away to do dangerous research. The worst thing, is that she has a problem with hearing as noted by the first scene where she was introduced. How did she not hear them shout her name?The effects are still pretty good, but nothing new. The movie also seems a little longer than it needed to be and a little sloppy. The climax was also poor compared to the first. I probably don't care to see it again to be honest, though I would barely give it a pass recommendation. If Sara died by the end, then it would have gained more points for me. "Meh" is really what I'm left with in the end.


The question is, should I even watch the third?
 

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The third returns Sam Neill, but pretty much rehashes the first film without the wonder of seeing the dinosaurs for the first time. There are a couple of cool sequences like the T-rex/spinosaurwhatiz fight, and a pretty funny sense of humor, but other than that it's a pretty straightforward action film with dinosaurs. I did find it more entertaining than Lost World, which was too self-indulgent for me.
 

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The books are even better.


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I like JP2 the least of the three. It jumped the shark for me when they returned to civilization. Plus, that one guy releasing all the caged dinosaurs in the camp. A noble idea in theory, but extremely dangerous to everybody's lives in reality. And he was a hero? I would have shot him for endangering everyone's lives. And taking the baby T Rex into their trailer to fix the broken leg with the parents around? It was obvious how dangerous this was. I can't stand movies whose major plot points hinge on people doing really stupid things that no sane person would do in real life.


JP1 was obviously the best, a quality movie by any measure, and one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. JP3 was just a pop corn flick, but a pretty good one. I liked it a lot more than the second one.
 

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I found Part III to be better than Part II. The chick in III was a annoying, but not near as bad as the crazy chick from Part II. They brought back the cool theme, even if just for a scene or two. Plus, Sam Neil. But yea, it's a popcorn flick, but it stays safe and isn't bad. Too much CGI and not enough anamatronics.
 

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The books are even better.

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I agree. The books were more enjoyable especially for the second one.
 

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Anyone hear anything lately about JP4?
Found this at rottentomatoes news today...

And that right there leads us to another aging franchise that needs exactly that sort of jump start, as Jurassic Park nears its 20th anniversary next summer. So, yes, Universal Pictures has indeed hired Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to start work on a script for a fourth Jurassic Park feature film. There's really nothing else to report about what their script might entail: sequel, reboot or prequel is anyone's guess. The only thing that's known for sure is that Steven Spielberg (who directed the first two) will not be returning to direct, although he is still one of the franchise's executive producers.


And this came from Spielberg at comic con...

Steven Spielberg talked about "Jurassic Park 4" at Comic-Con 2011: "We have a story, I can happily announce right now. We have a writer... Hopefully, we'll be making 'Jurassic Park 4' in the near future. In the next two or three years."
 

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LOVE JPIII; it's really a guilty-pleasure, but one of the best ever made. Spielberg said at the very outset he didn't want JP to turn into another overly-extended franchise that was Jaws. Maybe that's why IV is so long in coming. I still think he was bored with JP2. Otherwise, it could've been much better if it had his full attention. I still like it as is. Especially the music score.
 

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I think JPIII worked in that it didn't take itself too seriously. There were a lot of good jokes, like Sam Neill getting frustrated at the press conference over "the dinosaur incident in San Diego," the confusion over which island he was on in the first film (both of those were referencing that he wasn't in JPII), and the "Nobody move a muscle" gag.
 

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Well, the only real problem with 3 IMO, is that the good doctor swears he'd never return. But again, he stupidly falls for a check with a bunch of zeros on it. Still a fun movie, though.
 

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Well, the only real problem with 3 IMO, is that the good doctor swears he'd never return. But again, he stupidly falls for a check with a bunch of zeros on it. Still a fun movie, though.

Its always a question of how many zeros.
 

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After JP3 the only direction left is up.
All I know is JP3 is better than its predecessor.
 
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