What I Liked
- The adaptation. Michael Crichton helped write the script. There are some exact quotes that transferred between the two mediums. I also liked what he cut and added. I think the movie is the perfect representation of how a movie can deviate from the book, still keep the essential message, and still be considered “good.”
- Jeff Goldblum. He’s absolutely perfect as Ian Malcolm. He captures all of his humor, sarcasm, and anxiety about introducing extinct animals into a modern environment.
- John Hammond. They watered down his character for the movie. I think this is a good thing because I really didn’t like him in the book. I also like that the film forces him to discuss his faults.
- The music. I’m sorry but John Williams is the greatest composer ever. Period. End of story.
What I Didn’t Like
- That the movie reverses Tim and Lex’s ages. In the book, Tim is older. I do appreciate that Lex isn’t the annoying little girl that she is in the book but I generally like book Tim better than both movie Tim and movie Lex.
Book vs. Movie
It’s a tie. Sometimes a book is so well adapted that it’s as good as the book. Science is equal with the action in the book. The film has to take a different path to keep the audience. The science is still there but it has to take a back seat to visual action.
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