Mat Ward Fact #64001- Mat Ward has been described as willowy with elven features.
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"After Joseph Mazzello was turned down for a role in Steven Spielberg's Hook for being too young, Spielberg told Mazzello that he was still impressed with his audition and would try to cast him in a future project. Mazzello was then cast as Tim in this movie. His casting led Spielberg to reverse the ages of the children, as he decided that casting a girl younger than Mazzello would be too young to be placed in danger."
Regarding comments that the movie stuck well to the book, I agree it certainly did to a greater degree than the second film, but it deviated enough for IMDB to have a section 900 words long to describe the differences. And they only cover the differences in characters.
@ULF - Yep, I hated her so much in the film. She's too old to be that stupid. In the book, she's 7, and still fairly cute. Her uselessness adds a little tension to Grant's efforts to see them safely through the park. She's allowed to scream. She's seven. In the film, a 13/14 year old should know better than to scream for half a movie. Both as an actor and if they happen to be in the audience of a film.
Having just rewatched the film for the first time in years, I take back much of what I said about the animatronics. Some of them were pretty good, particularly the trike (why couldn't it have been a steg, still?) and the rex. The only one I still can't like is the raptors. They didn't have enough fluidity, their necks didn't duck and bob, they didn't look elegant enough. Plus, while I can better appreciate the scenes where they appear out of nowhere (they scared my brother, who hadn't seen the movie), they acted more like bad guys than animals. They always took a moment to poke their head out, narrow their eyes and pose dramatically. Megalomaniacs do that, not dinosaurs.
Generally speaking classic movies don't get remade (I think Spielberg wouldn't agree to it anyway).
I don't recall Hammond being particularly ruthless or volatile in the book, but it's been years since I read it.
Dinosaurs with feathers look stupid. My image on how they should look was shaped by Jurassic Park and if they ever do a remake I hope they'll stay true to the old look of the dinosaurs.
Also, there's only one sub-species of tyrannosaurus that apparently had feathers, and it was a fairly small creature.
The JP one was a different type.
IIRC in the book the park personnel gets the power back on and a lot of escaped dinosaurs are captured and put back in their enclosures.
Why do you think she's stupid? She did restore power and security to the park on the "linux" computer.
Pretty much self-explanatory: It's the "look, wesa got dinosaurs, wesa no need logical story" approach. Pretty much everything else is secondary to that.
Examples: They got gazillions of dollars as budget but still can't afford someone who knows how to write 'Tyrannosaurus' and 'Stegosaurus'? I mean, Even I could write these when I was about 6 years old. Probably every kid in the world could. But Mr. Spielberg, apparently, not.
Fun Facts: These are too numerous to list so check out these links if you're interested
but basically what I'm getting at is:
1. Velociraptors are the size of a Chicken
2. Dilophosaurs don't fit into a car
3. It is anatomically impossible for a T-Rex to move in the way it is presented in the movie.
And everyone knew it. The fun thing is, Spielberg hired an actual scientist (biologist/paleontologist, don't exactly remember) to assist him in these matters. The scientist pointed out that all this was pretty much impossible. What did Spielberg do? He did it anyway because he thought his vision was cooler than reality. Well, I suppose that's what Hollywood is all about. It's not a discovery channel docu after all. But why hire a scientist to begin with if he does what he wants anyway?
Unbearable Comic Relief scenes:
A select few Examples:
Sick Triceratops by the roadside: Dr. Sattler jumps out of the car and starts digging around in a humongous pile of dung to determine the cause of disease. Uh-huh, actually that's what biologists do. However it was clearly depicted in such a way as to make it as ridiculous as possible. I don't want to know what happened in the cinemas every time this scene was screened.
Gennaro is hunted by the T-Rex and tries hiding in a toilet. As the beast approaches, the entire building around him explodes and leaves only him, exposed, sitting on a toilet in the middle of nowhere. Slapstick comedy at its best again.
Lex tries to pet a Brachiosaurus. It sneezes and splatters its snot all over her. Haha. Ha.
Tim is electrocuted by a 10.000 volt electric fence. Now common sense would suggets that he burn into a crisp at once. Instead, he gets a spiffy afro hairstyle. Wait, this isn't a saturday morning cartoon show?!? Really?
Jurassic Park 2:
Sarah Harding: This woman is a joke in and on herself. She is supposed to be a scientist, but she acts like a sweater-knitting hippy greenpeace activist instead. The entire movie. She has no common sense, no objectivity, no nothing that would qualify her as a scientist. God only knows how she ever passed the exams. But she has a good heart; she takes good care of an injured baby T-Rex. Aaaaaw, how cute. Despite its maddened parents going on a rampage nearby. Yes, really clever.
Later: Sarah, Malcolm and Kelly are chased to a building by the raptors. One raptor corners the adults and is about to maul them. At that moment, from the sidelines:
*bloodfrenzied raptor turns around confused*
*little girl employs gymnastics while Raptor stands puzzled and rooted to place for several seconds. little girl swings herself over the gap in the floor right into the still motionless raptor and sends the beast that must easily be 2-3 times her weight flying out of the window.*
Uh-huh. It actually happened. Super Girl to the rescue! And what a witty entrance, too!
T-Rex eats lapdog in dooryard: Okay, I have to admit, this actually was funny.
Jurassic Park 3:
The Kirbys acting like total buffoons on a dinosaur infested island. The entire time. While their son managed to survive for several weeks all on his own. Apparently his intelligence was not inherited from his parents. Don't be so noisy you idiots!
Spinosaurus eats cell phone and its ring tone is clearly audible from its belly through several cubic meters of solid flesh. Everyone turns around. Oh, look, it's Spinosaurus standing there, and what a cool ringtone he has recently! Clearly he's one of the cool guys now!
Movie ending: Lone man in black standing at the beach. "Hey, are you the Kirbys?" Now Kirbys at their best again: Shuddup you frigg'n idiot, don't be so noisy on an dinosaur infested island! It was only after this that the group realized that by this time pretty much the entire US army had begun invading the island. In a completely silent and stealthy matter apparently. Ha ha, yet another knee-slapper! This Mr. Spielberg is a comedy genius!
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Someone else directed the third film.This Mr. Spielberg is a comedy genius!
Also, I like the third one - it distills Jurassic Park down into its pure elements - people running, and dinosaurs chasing them. Awesomeness!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HttF5HVYtlQGenerally speaking classic movies don't get remade
His part was a typical "over-excited little brother" role. No more, no less.
Lex was supposed to be a book-worm who liked being indoors, reading and computers.
Admittedly she didn't look all that geeky, but she played the "hate the outdoors" bit pretty well I think.
Neither of the children were particularly annoying or stupid in my opinion.
1. At the time of the novel, some scientists speculated that Deinonychus was a subspecies of velociraptor. Crichton based himself on this train of thought and it made it into the movies.
2. The Dilophosaurus in the movie is a young creature. Nedry even says so when he spots it, commenting that he's relieved it wasn't one of its bigger brothers.
3. I know there were issues with the T-Rex keeping up to speed with the jeep during the chase scene, but that's the only thing AFAIK. Besides, that scene was cool so I'm ok with the fact they sacrificed realism for it.
I thought it was funny, though I first saw this movie when I was 13. It doesn't break up the pacing of the movie or invades on the scary parts so I really don't see the problem
Not going to comment on the other movies as they are nowhere near as good as the original.
High profile movie, won several oscars, still famous and well-loved after nearly twenty years.
I can't recall any movie with these qualifications that has had a remake (or is up for one).
Oh yeah, as a kid, I loved the movie, too. Which is obviously the way it was intended. These days it simply gets on my last nerve. I want to enjoy the dinosaurs, but whenever I hear Lex scream my remote control finger twitches nervously. And she screams an awful lot.
Oh now you did it.Dinosaurs with feathers look stupid. My image on how they should look was shaped by Jurassic Park and if they ever do a remake I hope they'll stay true to the old look of the dinosaurs.
Durer's woodcut. "Rhinos with no unicorn horn on their shoulders look stupid!"
If it was a subspecies (Tyrannosaurus rex pennatus or something) then it would practically stamp 'certified feathered!' on Tyrannosaurus. As it is, the genus Yutyrannus (30'/9m - same as Gorgosaurus and Daspletosaurus - no shrimp!) is a pretty solid reference for inferring some amount of feathers or quills in other large members of the tyrannosauroid lineage.Also, there's only one sub-species of tyrannosaurus that apparently had feathers, and it was a fairly small creature.
The JP one was a different type.
There's your problem right there. Eyebrows indeed.giant man-eating lizards
Or, he's relieved it's not a Tyrannosaur or Velociraptor.2. The Dilophosaurus in the movie is a young creature. Nedry even says so when he spots it, commenting that he's relieved it wasn't one of its bigger brothers.
Regarding the authenticity of the dinosaurs in the book -
The dinosaurs were never real. They were always the artificial creations of Wu's genetic manipulation. That is given as the reason for numerous factual errors in the representation of the dinosaurs and one I'm happy to live with. That said, factual errors in the film that deviate from the book (brachiosaurus chewing, anyone?) are a heinous crime against a brilliant story.
Regarding the raptors in the movie - yes, they are three times bigger than an actual velociraptor ever was. But they are described as being 6' tall in the books, too. While there is speculation that this may have been due to a mix between velociraptor and deinonychus DNA, even deinonychus wasn't that big. It'd have to be a utah raptor to be that big. But, small dog sized raptors aren't scary. I'm happy to chalk this up to Wu's genetic manipulation and preserve the terror.
Regarding Tyrannosaurus and feathers, yes, only one example was discovered to have feathers, while other examples of pebbled, reptilian skin impression have been discovered. However, Xu et al put forward the idea that protofeathers may have been present either only in juveniles (as a form of thermoregulation) or only on parts of the animal. This idea has received a lot of acceptance and as such I'd like to see it included. As for them looking like oversized turkeys, well the babies are supposed to. Plus I'm not suggesting they get covered in 6" feathers. Make the feathers thin and more quill-like. Quills were added to the raptors in the third movie (again, I liked the effects, not the film) and they still looked amazing. Just add a few more in select areas and you have a more accurate specimen that still looks scary.
But is that also what Mr. Hammond would say? I'm just imagining the park opening here:
"Ladies and gentlemen, and the mutated abomination to your left is our Dilophosaurus. Its ancestors used to be majestic 6 meters long predators, but our chief geneticist mixed in a bit too much frog DNA and now it's a stunted frilled lizard. What do you mean I'm playing god? No, lady, my name is Hammond, not Frankenstein!"
- insert tabloid headline here -
*huge media outrage, park closes doors forever, Hammond ruined*
Want an updated Jurassic park?
Everyone would watch that. It would be a 3 hour stop-start epic using the original toys with Michael Bayism explosions and Uwe Bolls ability to turn any movie genre into a silver screened paragon.
As for the dilos, they were only 3' tall in the film. In the book they were the correct size.