Jurassic Park in Review-JP III Part V

Grant and Eric lament the loss of Billy. There’s a neat sort of speech Grant gives…

Dr. Grant: I have a theory that there are two kinds of boys. There are those that want to be astronomers, and those that want to be astronauts. The astronomer, or the paleontologist, gets to study these amazing things from a place of complete safety.
Erik: But then you never get to go into space.
Dr. Grant: Exactly. That’s the difference between imagining and seeing: to be able to touch them. And that’s… that’s all that Billy wanted….

We then get an ‘awe’ shot of a field of grazing Dinosaurs. While it’s a nice moment and all, the CG here kind of looks fairly plastic, at least to me. While the Brachiosaurs are more colorful than their JP counterparts, they just don’t seem quite as matched to the foreground as those were.

Eventually, the group find their cellphone again-in dino-dung that’s presumably all that’s left of Nash. There’s sort of an amusing moment here with a Ceratosaur, a horned Dinosaur that’s been in a few Dino movies before, such as One Milllion BC, who’s about to approach our heroes but leaves because of the foul odor.

 

Apparentally it was originally intended to be a Carnotaurus-Dinosaurs which featured in the Lost World novel (and had chameleon abilities) but Disney’s Dinosaur film kind of got ahead of that. So they settled for this one-horned guy instead.

 

Grant attempts to contact Ellie, but her kid would rather watch Barney instead-the first time the Purple dinosaur appears in the series, although Spielberg thought of a joke cameo as far as the first film. It’s hard to imagine now, but at the time there was a slight controversy that kids who were used to Barney would get all upset by Jurassic Park, or something like that.

 

 

Of course, the Spinosaurus uses this moment to attack, leaving Grant to only cry “The River…site B!” to Ellie as he nearly drowns.

 

It’s actually an ok-if short-action scene, and the fact that it’s shot in the dark actually helps the Spinosaurus animatronics/CG, much like it did for the Tyrannosaur in the last two films. Like the aviary scene before it, this scene is actually something that was included in the original novel, and intended for a possible inclusion in the first film, as seen in concept art-although with a far less durable raft.

Grant manages to scare the Spinosaurus off with a flare gun. Sam Neill sure is handy with the flares!

 

 

The T-rex notices the flare

After a brief ‘family’ moment where it’s assumed Paul is dead for a minute, we move on to another scene of the characters walking toward the coast before they meet yet another obstacle-The Raptor pack wants their eggs back. The group obliges, although they’ll probably still eat them because well, they’re Raptors and they weren’t trained by Chris Pratt 🙂

 

Grant however, pulls out a dues ex machina-the 3D printed Raptor flute that Billy gave to them, and he somehow improvises a Raptor call. While this isn’t too out of character for Grant-he was mimicking Brachiosaur calls in the original (although they of course were benign) it still seems somewhat goofy. Also, you’d figure if the Raptors are “smarter than primates” they would figure out that they’re being played.

 

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Nevertheless, Grant’s music pays off, as the Raptors rush off to the rescue of their fake Raptor-in-need.

Grant and the group then arrive at the beach, where the military is waiting to rescue them. They could’ve come in handy a few minutes ago; and actually military vs. the Raptors could’ve made for an interesting scene….but we’ll have to wait until the next film for that. Speaking of which, while all the other films have had pretty epic finales, that certainly wasn’t one of them. A thrilling Raptor chase, but saved by the T-rex? Epic. T-rex loose in San Diego? A bit silly, yes, but epic. The Raptors/T-rex/Indominus Rex/Mosasaur battle at the end of Jurassic World? Incredibly epic. The characters handing Raptors the eggs while Grant uses a goofy flute? umm…..

Maybe they should’ve ended with the Spinosaurus boat thing, maybe? Anyway, in any case, this feels really abrupt. Oh, and it turns out Billy’s alive too (with Grant’s hat), somehow managing to limp his way across an island full of deadly predators (and possibly getting to the coast before they did?). It also sounds like the Kirbys might get back together thanks to their traumatic experience….and Grant notes that now Pteranodons have escaped the island, although he kind of brushes it off. It’s intended to be a bit of a homage to JP’s “Grant looking at the birds” ending, but it kind of misses the point of it a bit. Maybe Ingen scooped up these guys and put them in the new aviary when they decided to give Jurassic Park another shot with Jurassic World.

So that’s Jurassic Park III, the least of the films, and the most obviously rushed. Still, it’s got some good moments here and there.

 

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