Watching Jurrasic Park II while Lindsey plays Zelda in a different room. A chance to dive into the movie and write and I also don’t get yelled at for bothering her.
This movie is distinctly different than Jurrasic Park I and I really appreciate that. The more I watch this series the more I notice that Jurrasic World is just a replay for Jurassic Park in the modern era. AND the graphics aren’t any better. So I appreciate them continuing the series but I now have a better appreciation for the older stuff.
When this movie was made Jeff Goldblum was the bee’s knees. It could be argued that he still is when you think about Thor 3. That was Jeff just being Jeff in that movie. During this time we had him in Independence Day and he was riding the wave from JP1. He was doing quite well for himself.
That being said, I think the argument can be made that he lacks the charisma to hold a movie like Will Smith or even Sam Neill. Especially for the 90’s where summer popcorn flicks were key and anything artistic was secondary. Not that Jeff Goldblum is bad, just he doesn’t have that main character vibe needed for a role like this. I think that may be the number one failure of this movie was the story direction by using him as the #1 character.
His relationship with Julianne Moore is quite terrible. Lacking any chemistry it really puts a hamper on this movie. I’ve seen more chemistry from a middle school musical. They were both big names at the time but the matchup was not very solid. They are solid actors and you can see the pedigree there. It was a good attempt, but it fell flat.
I want to reiterate that I don’t dislike this movie. It may seem I do since everything I’ve said so far seems negative but it is lacking in comparison to JP1. I think a movie needs to stand on its own legs and this movie certainly does, just not as well.
CG was used more than in JP1. This is the difference between JP1 coming out in 1993 and this coming out in 1997. It’s actually not that bad and to be honest not that much worse than JW1 or JW2. It certainly is noticeable and I think the designs were better in the previous movie.
The movie does have a story that is unique and better and some of the other sequels. The beginning is slow and moves like molasses but the climax gives us the same gusto/pacing that is required for it to be called a Jurrasic Park movie.
My ranking of the movies. Best to worse.
- Jurrasic Park 1
- Jurrasic World 1
- Jurrasic Park 2
- Jurrasic Park 3
- Jurrasic World 2 (Don’t watch this movie)
This movie isn’t terrible but nothing I would try to watch again.
5/10. This is Nathan Atteberry with Attebiz movie reviews.