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What's Your Favorite JP Film?
Jurassic Park
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 78% [ 32 ]
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
20%
 20% [ 8 ]
Jurassic Park 3
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
Jurassic World
2%
 2% [ 1 ]
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PostSubject: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:22 pm

Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park 3
Jurassic World

Mine is the original but JW is a close second for me. TLW is really good and JP3 is a mix bag for me.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:24 pm

I went ahead and added a poll to this so people can see a tally.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:28 pm

TLW is darker, and edgier. It's easily my favorite film in the franchise, just because it just has so much depth. I mean, when critics say a movie has depth, I don't really get it, but with TLW I can practically feel it. There's just so much there and watching it you feel like what's there and what you feel the first time is barely any of it. There's just so much of the movie I could swim in it. It's got no clear cut antagonists, nor clear cut protagonists, the sets are amazing in that what you see on film feels like it's not even half of what's actually there. Watching the movie, it's the little things that make the biggest impact, and make you think "wow, they actually included that!" The locations are so mysterious and the whole Isla Sorna just kinda screams "You have left the Earth you know behind and have entered the world of dinosaurs". It reminds me of those old dinosaur documentaries I used to watch as a little kid, the ones that featured the old, mossy, coniferous, fern ridden world. A world that looks like it was standing in time. A lost world.

I feel like what we don't see is just as important as what we do. The shadows, and the darkness that takes away finer details also adds a sense of mysteriousness into the mix and that mysteriousness is one of the things I love about the movie. How you don't know what may be trudging through that shadowy forest, or what horrors may be lurking in that derelict building. It extends the dangerous feel from more than the "local" fauna itself; it's that feeling that the very setting isn't your home. That you, as a human, are very out of place here. I think this is easily expressed from the moment that Hammond's team sets foot on the island. They're trudging along a shallow creek, so very far from civilization, and suddenly they here thundering footfalls, and groaning. They have no idea what it is, only that it's "something big". The audience is made to think that it could be a coming at them, but what a wonderful surprise it is for both audience and the characters to see a beautiful herd of gigantic Stegosaurus to pass before you. It tells you that not only is there deadly beauty here, there is also mysterious beauty as well. And when things do go to hell, you find that the forest, which has already set itself up to be dangerous, can become an antagonist itself with Dieter getting himself lost inside it. The Lost World" is supposed to be darker and more serious. If you watch any of the interviews regarding the film, Spielberg explicitly says his intent for "The Lost World" was to make it a more foreboding environment, and a call back to the grimy, dingy jungles found in Spielberg's childhood dinosaur and creature features like "King Kong" and early takes on Arthur C. Doyle's "The Lost World". "The Lost World", in every way, was meant to be a darker experience. From the very beginning, the concept itself portrayed Isla Sorna as a very dank, dark, and dangerous place.

There is much usage of backlighting, and silhouetting of the dinosaurs in "The Lost World". It takes on more of a horror story quality than the first, using much more expressive shadows and a deeper sense of isolation. One of the most amazing things in "The Lost World" is the theme of containment. The whole point of the movie is almost exactly the opposite of the last: instead the animals breaking free of containment, they need to be contained on this tropical island. The island does not really feel like a tropical island at all. The only time you realize that it is a tropical island is when looking at it from the beach or from the sea. It kind of reminds me of Chief Martin Brodys line from "Jaws" - of course, another Spielberg film - "It's only an island if you look at it from the water". Indeed, the entire island as it is represented in the film and in the concept stage looks more like a mainland than anything else. The mountains go off into the distance, with misty clouds and other landscapes following. The first thing we are described when Dr. Ian Malcolm's team arrives on Isla Sorna in Dr. Michael Crichtons book is the volcanic lip surrounding the island. In the book, we are given set locations, and constant reminders that this entire experience is contained. We are consistently being reminded that we are on an island. Not so much with the film. The film works completely on the theme of lack of containment. Catch a T. rex and put him in a cage? He breaks out! This whole constant theme of containment and breaking free, then attempting to contain again, only to once again break free is done, dare I say, even better in the movies than it is in the books! No doubt, Crichton makes a masterful case for Complexity Theory and other mathematical theorems that intricately explain the reason Jurassic Park fails in the first book, but where the theme of control and containment comes in, that is all Spielberg. Spielberg masterfully crafts an entire literal world from "The Lost World", and it is so creepy, yet so adventurous.

No other director alive could have done this. Spielberg wanted the shadow, he wanted the twists, he wanted the macabre.  The points behind the shadows, the darkness, and the grit are all lost to him. What we don't see is just as important as what we do. The shadows and the darkness that takes away finer details also adds a sense of mysteriousness into the mix and that mysteriousness is one of the things I love about the movie. How you don't know what danger may be stalking through that shadowy forest, or what horrors may be lurking in that dirty, derelict building somewhere in the Pacific.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:33 pm

JP1 original easy
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:35 pm

Im saddened by the lack of a "all the films" option Sad. Honestly I enjoy them all, even if each film does have its flaws, which they do.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:58 pm

1. Jurassic Park - 9.5/10
2. The Lost World - 7.5/10
3. Jurassic World - 7/10
4. Jurassic Park 3 - 5.5/10

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:17 pm

1. Jurassic Park- 9.5/10
2. Jurassic World- 8/10
3. The Lost World- 7.5/10
4. Jurassic Park 3- 5/10
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:26 pm

My rankings:

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:02 am

My favorite would be the original with The Lost World and Jurassic World being tied for second, and JP /// being last.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:53 am

Jurassic Park. You can't beat the original.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:22 am

Jurassic Park - 9/10
The Lost World - 9.5/10
Jurassic Park /// - 7/10
Jurassic World - 8.5/10

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:24 am

Okay, I'll rank them according to my opinions:

Jurassic Park - 9,5/10
The Lost World - 8,5/10
Jurassic World - 8/10
Jurassic Park III - 5/10

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:29 pm

My ratings for each:

JP1 - 10/10
TLW - 7.2/10
JW - 6.4/10
JP3 - 5/10
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:16 pm

JP > TLW > JW >= JP3

JP - 9/10
TLW - 8/10
JW - 6/10
JP3 - 5.5/10

The reason I have JW and JP3 so close is because I really enjoy the first half of JP3 (till the end of the aviary scene to be more specific), but the second half drags it down; JW is fun but it seriously lacks replay value for me.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:59 pm

Jurassic Park will always have that special place in my heart. It was one of the first movies I watched as a young child. So it is definitely my favorite. Anyway here are my ratings:

Jurassic Park - 10/10
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - 9/10
Jurassic Park III - 6/10
Jurassic World - 8/10
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:07 pm

Jurassic Park. The theme, the tone, the characters, the effects, the script, the plot, the music, the dinosaurs. The magic. Visualizing a childhood dream.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:48 pm

Jurassic Park easily, however I would watch TLW more because I enjoy it more.
1. JP
2. TLW
3. JW
4. JP3
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:04 pm

I've had a year to think about this and I'm certain that nothing changes.

1. JP: 9.5/10
2. TLW: 8/10
3. JW: 7.5/10
4. JP3: 4/10
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:32 pm

I actually kind of want to change my answer a little bit. JP1 is still my favorite by a mile but the other JP movies are good for different occasions. TLW for when I'm feeling really nostalgic. JP3 for when I want to watch something short with good set pieces. JW for when I am hyping myself for JW2.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:55 pm

Jurassic Park will easily tower above all of the sequels in some capacity, it's the only one that is considered an important cinematic classic and is by default my favourite of the series by the vast majority of people who've seen it and the sequels.

Although if the question was on my favourite sequel, Jurassic World still comes ahead of The Lost World, which I know might be blasphemous to many here but for me there is a certain likeability factor that is missing from it's main characters as well as the tendency to come off a bit heavy handed in it's environmental message; those are it's main flaws but apart from that there is more than enough that I love about it.

1. JP: 10/10
2. JW: 8/10
3. TLW: 7.5/10
4. JP3: 4/10
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:11 pm

<--- My favorite in the franchise is in my username. Its scenario, portrayal of the animals, and atmosphere intrigued me the most. It's also the only one that I've seen in theaters... o:

So, my order by favorite:

1. The Lost World
2. Jurassic Park
3. Jurassic World
4. Jurassic Park ///

But... I completely acknowledge that the original is by far the best. Funny thing about JP/// is that I didn't see it until just a few years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:32 pm

@Dr. Wu wrote:
Mine is the original but JW is a close second for me.

Same with me. I had the hardest time deciding which one I liked better, but since I didn't even have a preferred island before I watched the original three times in a row (the last being on television) just prior to Jurassic World getting released to theaters, I decided to go with that one (which is a first for me, since I hardly ever prefer the first movie in a fandom or franchise, I usually prefer one of the sequels). My order (and ratings) haven't changed:

1. Jurassic Park: 9/10 (since I rarely rate a movie I really like as a perfect ten)
2. Juassic World: 8.5/10 (this is the same rating as I originally gave it)
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park: 7/10 (passable, but not terrible)
4. Jurassic Park 3: 5/10 (forgettable, since I don't care if I ever see this one again)
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:12 am

1. Jurassic Park (1993) - 5/5
2. The Lost World: Jurassic World (1997) - 5/5
3. Jurassic World (2015) - 4/5
4. Jurassic Park III - 3/5

I'm very fond and like them all, but I love the first two. Still, if I had to pick just one it will have to be JP. Not only is it the original, but I also truly think it is overall the best of the series. TLW does a few narrative issues, but those don't bother me too much personally. While I really liked Jurassic World, it did have some noticable issues that I hope to see fixed in it's sequel, but overall it's a very solid movie and my favorite movie of 2015. JP3 is the weakest of the series most certainly, but it does have it's fair share of high moments which outshines majority of it's lows. It does help I grew up with JP3 along with the first two, giving me a sense of strong nostalgic feeling whenever I watch it.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Favorite JP Film?   Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:58 am

JP 10/10
TLW 7/10
JP3 6/10
JW 5/10

It's one of those franchises were the first film (and novel) defines everything while the rest is an afterthought on sliding scale.
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