jurassic park/jurassic world

This may shock you but I had never seen Jurassic Park until last week. I liked “nice” dinosaur movies as a child, like The Land Before Time, but I knew I needed to see Jurassic Park. Especially if I wanted to see the latest in the franchise. Since I saw them so close together, I’m combining the reviews.

Jurassic Park is about the attempt by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), the CEO of a bioengineering company, to create a theme park with real-life dinosaurs. He brings mathematician, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and two paleontologists (Sam Neill and Laura Dern) to give their thoughts but things go awry due to a disgruntled employee.

The hype I think was too much for me. I enjoyed the movie but it wasn’t as mind-blowing to me as it had been to others. Yes, the dinosaurs were really cool and incredible in 1993 technology but the story was a bit weak. There were nice bits of humor and it had some heart-stopping action. I’m glad I finally saw it especially before the new one.

Jurassic World tells of a successful theme park with dinosaurs that the audience thought wouldn’t happen after the events of the first movie. The head of the park continually wants to showcase bigger and genetically modified dinosaurs to bring more people into the park. Unfortunately, their latest creation may be a little too intelligent and causes mayhem for the workers and tourists.

I liked this one better than the first. Is it blasphemy? I don’t care. This one had Chris Pratt being a badass and training raptors (I want a raptor now, thanks). Again, the creativity for the dinosaurs was incredible, though I wish they had been able to use practical models instead of just overrelying on CGI. I also wish Bryce Dallas Howard’s character wasn’t so boring and setting women back a few years. Sorry, there is no reason for Pratt’s Owen to be so fascinated by her and their chemistry was weak.

I plan on watching the other two films in the franchise but my number one question will still be, “Why did anyone think carnivorous dinosaurs in a theme park was a good idea?”

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