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Jurassic Park An Adventure 65 Million years in the making

Updated on December 1, 2013

Jurassic Park Trilogy Cast and Crew

Director Steven Spielburg and John Johnston

Writer David Koepp

Composer John Williams and Don Davis

Cast Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenburough, Laura Dern, Sam Neil, Wayne Knight, Samuel L Jackson, Ariana Richards, Vanessa Lee Chester

Jurassic Park Trilogy Review

Jurassic Park

1993

In retrospect Jurassic Park has become anonymous with pop culture and great entertainment. In 1993 Steven Spielberg who had directed such classics as Jaws, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and E.T. was at the helm of a new project that would define a generation that project simply called Jurassic Park. Written by David Koepp and adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton Jurassic Park Stars Richard, Attenborough, Lauren Dern, Sam Neil, Wayne Knight, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, Joseph, and Samuel L Jackson. The Film Begins with John Hammond (Attenabourgh) an entrepreneur who has built a theme park full of cloned dinosaurs. Hammond enlists the help of paleontologists Alan Grant (Neil) and Ellie Sattlier (Dern) along with Chaotician Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) to approve of the park before it opens to the general public but when coworker Dennis Nedry (Knight) shuts down the park to steal embryos chaos ensues as the dinosaurs break loose and cause havoc. Jurassic Park is the perfect example of Science trying to play god and the consequences it unleashes. The actors do an excellent job portraying real people in danger. The breakout star is Jeff Goldblum as Malcolm his wit and humor works well in this movie. The best Character arc in the film is the Sam Neil’s portrayal of Dr Alan Grant and his Relationship with Tim and Lex who only serve one purpose of developing Grant’s Character arc. Tim (Joseph) and Lex (Ariana) as characters are generic children bickering and doing unimaginable feats such as hacking, which diminishes the characters believability. The quality and cinematography work well in this picture laying out the feeling of wonder and awe in a jungle environment. The Score is amazing, John Williams has crafted yet another soundtrack people will remember. The Story is cohesive never boring its audience. Biggest Star is the dinosaurs itself mainly the special effects which for 1993 still hold up today. The dinosaurs look real and are character in themselves. Jurassic Park while the technology in the film is dated is still the Jaws of our Generation a science fiction action thriller that still holds up and one of the best films ever made.

The Lost World Jurassic Park

1997

In mid-1996 Steven Spielberg had come from a long break of filming Jurassic Park won awards and grossed almost a billion making it the highest grossing movie at that time. Shindler's List another film Spielberg directed also won him many awards that same year. Spielberg was exhausted but the fans wanted more insert the lost world Jurassic Park a sequel which conveys Spielberg’s lack of enthusiasm for this project so much that he had an amazing marketing team to overhype this sequel which hinders the film. People were expecting this to be bigger and it failed on many levels. David Koepp return to helm this sequel adapted from the sequel book by Michael Crichton once again. The film Stars Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Richard Schiff, Pete Postalwhate, Vanessa Lee Chester, and Richard Attenborough. The film’s premise begins with Ian Malcolm going to another island of dinosaurs with Nick Van Owen (Vaughn) and Eddie (Schiff) to rescue his girlfriend who was sent to study the dinosaurs to preserve the island while ]another team sent by Ingen to capture the dinosaurs and bring them to san Diego for another park developed over there. The Lost World has been met with many criticisms but is a good sequel to Jurassic Park. It has great action, a decent story, and special effects that are on par with the original. The lost world’s many problems stem from many uninterested expositions and convoluted subplots Mainly Ian Malcolm’s daughter Kelly (Chester) a decent character and a performance that is good but is pointless and unnecessary it’s underdeveloped and overly contrived. With every Spielberg film there is an emphasis on children and Kelly like Tim and Lex has an ability on her own that is too contrived and worthless. Her presences is never a bother she is fun to watch but unnecessary. Vince Vaughn who does comedies now is more often the most awkward of the actors. Pete Postalwhate as Roland Tempo Shines through the screen is never given a complete arc and the rest of the characters are there to die. While the action is there it's never executed as in the original. Gone is the wonder and tension of Jurassic park and replaced with fast pace actions scenes in The Lost World. The soundtrack composed once again by John Williams has its moments it builds on this tone reminiscent of King Kong which the film conveys but fails to deliver the awe and wonder as in the original. The tone of the cinematography that The Lost World conveys is amazing it presents a sense of terror and is much more sinister. The Lost World Jurassic Park is a worthy sequel while never on par with the original it’s still a worth seeing even though it makes you wonder with the same team Spielberg had in the original why couldn’t he create something that was equal or better to Jurassic Park.

Jurassic Park 3

2001

In 2001 Steven Spielberg gave up his title as manager for the Jurassic Park franchise and turned it over to Joe Johnston for Jurassic Park 3 Which stars Laura Dern, Sam Neil, William H Macy and Tea Leoni seems like a below average attempt to revamp the franchise. Gone is David Koepp and replaced with two writers with no novel to base it on. The story is as follows The Kirby’s (Macy and Leoni) son is lost on site b and they trick Alan grant to go with them to the island but their plane crashes and they are left stuck trying to get off the island. As with most trilogies the third is the weakest while many fans are divided on this I myself thought this was the best of the trilogy when it was released, but to my dismay it has the weakest plot in the trilogy. The Story is also simple and never feels like a Jurassic park film maybe if this was titled something else it would fare better. Jurassic park had a story of science gone awry, Jurassic park 3 is a rescue mission plain and simple. The characters are irritating and forgettable mainly tea Leoni. Much worse is the subplot or the main plot of Eric Kirby a child who can apparently hold out on island of man eating dinosaurs for 8 weeks. Why this needed Tim, Lex, and Kelly is were subplots that didn’t distract but Eric seems like another shoehorned kid character that is pointless in the franchise by now. Joe Johnston should have created a complex story with no children and more emphases on ingen. The action and length of 90 minutes shine great but it’s the only thing holding this movie together. Don Davis is the new composer tries to bring back the spirit of the original but sounds forced and below at least Williams created a new soundtrack for the lost world. Jurassic Park 3 is a super film on its own the action is the only thing holding it together with a story not yet put together well with forgettable characters and special effects while good don’t hold up as in the last two films, a lackluster end to a trilogy that started off as a classic.

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