The ‘Jurassic Park’ Trilogy

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’m currently checking out the first five ‘Jurassic Park’ movies before I check out ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ at the cinema. Before that happens though, let me share with you my thoughts on the original ‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy. I must say, these have intriguing, thrilling monster films to check out. 🙂

The first ‘Jurassic Park’ film was released in 1993 and was directed by Steven Speilberg. The film was based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, with a screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. I recall seeing certain scenes of this film when I watched it on TV as a kid.

The film takes place on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America’s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica. The wealthy businessman John Hammond and a team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of dinosaurs. But chaos ensures when somebody sabotages the park’s power.

‘Jurassic Park’ is pretty thrilling to check out, especially with featuring a variety of dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, Brontosauruses, Triceratopses, etc. A small group of visitors and Hammond’s grandchildren struggle to survive before they manage to escape the perilous island.

The film’s cast includes Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm. There’s Richard Attenborough as Dr. John Hammond. I’ve also seen Richard Attenborough in 1993’s ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Sean Connery was first meant to play Hammond. 😀

There’s also Bob Peck as Robert Muldoon, Martin Ferro as Donald Gennaro, B. D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy, Arianna Richards as Lex Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold and Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry. The dinosaurs are also really good actors in the movie. 😀

The second ‘Jurassic Park’ movie called ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ is equally enjoyable. I wouldn’t say it was better than the first ‘Jurassic Park’ film, but it does contain thrills and scares, especially when dinosaurs are attacking people. Steven Spielberg returns to direct this second film. 🙂

David Koepp wrote the 1997 film’s script based on the 1995 novel ‘The Lost World’ by Michael Crichton. In the film, four years after the events of the second film, John Hammond sends a team, led by Dr. Malcolm, to Isla Sorna, which is the second island of Hammond’s company called InGen. 😐

I was disappointed that Dr. Grant and Ellie Sattler didn’t return for the second film, but at least they returned in the third film. Isla Sorna was an island used to make the dinosaurs. Malcolm’s team are to study the dinosaurs before they come into contact with a team to bring the dinosaurs to the USA.

I did feel that the second film was too busy compared to the first film, despite the thrilling action sequences involving dinosaurs. The film’s cast includes Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, Julianne Moore as Dr. Sarah Harding, who is Malcolm’s girlfriend, and Pete Postlethwaite as Roland Tembo. 🙂

There’s also Arliss Howard as Peter Ludlow. Richard Attenborough makes a return as Dr. John Hammond in the movie. There’s also Vince Vaughn as Nick Van Owen and Vanessa Lee Chester as Kelly Curtis, Malcolm’s daughter. Once again, I found the dinosaurs impressive to watch throughout.

The third ‘Jurassic Park’ film called ‘Jurassic Park III’ was released in 2001. Steven Spielberg didn’t return to direct this film, as he served as an executive producer instead. The film is instead directed by Joe Johnston. The film was also not based on a book by Michael Crichton, which is very intriguing.

In the film, we return to Isla Sorna, the island of cloned dinosaurs where a mother and a father trick Dr. Grant to help them find their son Morgan who went missing on the island. On the one hand, I quite like the idea of Dr. Grant helping this mother and father rescue their son from some dinosaurs.

I can’t say the third movie tops up on the first ‘Jurassic Park’ movie, but I found it enjoyable and more entertaining than the second film. There are funny moments to be found in the film, including Barney the dinosaur being played on TV for a kid whilst the dinosaurs attack our heroes on an island. 😀

The film’s cast includes Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, William H. Macy as Paul Kirby, Téa Leoni as Amanda, Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan, Trevor Morgan as Eric, Paul and Amanda’s son, and Michael Jeter as Udesky. Lauren Dern makes a return as Ellie and she helps Dr. Grant out in a crisis. 🙂

Despite the flaws ‘Jurassic Park III’ has, I did feel tense in certain scenes of the movie, especially when a mobile phone rings loudly inside a dinosaur. This is after Eric is reunited with his parents and he assumed they had their mobile phone on them. It was very tense when the dinosaur suddenly appeared.

I’ve enjoyed checking out the first three ‘Jurassic Park’ movies. I’m looking forward to checking out the next three films. I’ve not heard many good things said about them, but I’m hoping I’ll find them enjoyable as the first three films, especially with some thrilling action scenes involving the dinosaurs.

Thanks for reading!

By the way, I wonder how Timelord007 is doing.

Meanwhile, Timelord007 is asleep. He soon wakes up to find everyone has gone. Confused at first, he looks to his left and is shocked and horrified by what he sees.

Raptor: “Timelord!”

Tim wakes Timelord007 up.

Tim: “Timelord!”

Timelord007 wakes up with a start.

Tim: “What’s the matter?”

Timelord007: (groans) “What was the director thinking?!”

Tim: (puzzled) “Director? You mean the director of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’?”

Timelord007: “Yep! Also ‘Jurassic Park III’ is the only film in the film series that isn’t over two hours. It’s about 92 minutes.”

Tim: “Yeah, I noticed that. Hmm.”


2 thoughts on “The ‘Jurassic Park’ Trilogy

  1. Timelord 007

    A excellent review covering the original trilogy Tim, great synopsis on the three movies, the original is still the best and combines great action & excitement while the second film has good moments but tried to cram in to many ideas & because of this kinda lost it’s way, thankfully Jeff Goldblums performance kept me entertained.

    I enjoy the third film but felt short changed by the run time, this should have been longer & needed another big epic action scene, i also felt the ending was rushed & just concluded it’s like someone left a 20 minute sequence on the cutting room floor & then had to do a patch up job.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Glad you enjoyed my review on the original ‘Jurassic Park’ film trilogy. Yes, the first film is arguably the best of the series. I enjoyed the second film but like you said, it crams in too many ideas. The third film is enjoyable but I agree that it ended quite abruptly due to the 92 minute run-time.

      I saw ‘Jurassic World’ last night. Hope to see ‘Fallen Kingdom’ and ‘Dominion’ soon.

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Tim 🙂



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