Jurassic Park: 10 Unpopular Opinions (According To Reddit)
The Jurassic Park franchise is generally thought of as a fantastic series (with one exception) but fans will disagree on pretty much anything.
In 1993, Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park became a big-screen motion picture. Starring Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum, prehistoric fans watched as John Hammond showed off Isla Nublar — an island designed to be 65 million years old. With Hammond's financial backing and brilliant scientists, they were able to bring dinosaurs back from extinction.
The success of Jurassic Park was instant and an entire franchise was created. The Lost World followed Jurassic Park in 1997, then came Jurassic Park III in 2001, Jurassic World in 2015, and finally Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018. With a sixth film, Jurassic World: Dominion, coming out in 2021, we're taking a look at 10 unpopular opinions by fans on Reddit.
10 - Lost World: Jurassic Park Was *GASP* Good
Jurassic Park: The Lost World was the second movie in the franchise. It followed the first movie nicely but offered a new cast alongside Jeff Goldblum. Julianne Moore starred as Dr. Sarah Harding, Ian Malcolm's paleontologist girlfriend, but even her star power wasn't enough to make this movie as good as the first. As it happens with sequels, the writers tried too hard to make this movie an action-packed novelty. However, there was one fan on Reddit who thought The Lost World was "great" and got "undeserved hate" from viewers.
9 - Owen Grady Is Boring
For 2015's Jurassic World, Chris Pratt signed on as Owen Grady — a Navy Seal turned ethologist. In the movie, he can be rather off-putting to his ex-girlfriend Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) but he's the only one who can handle the velociraptors with commands.
In fact, after Indominus rex escapes its enclosure, it's up to Owen to essentially save the entire park with the help of the control room. There's not a second in the movie where Owen is on the sidelines, however, one fan found him "one of the most boring characters in all the movies."
8 - Spinosaurus Is Cooler Than Indominus Rex
The Spinosaurus makes an appearance in Jurassic Park III, which starred Sam Neill, William H. Macy, and Téa Leoni. According to the movie, the Spinosaurus was one of the largest dinosaurs during the cretaceous period and was never meant to become a species at the park. Its arrival stumped those at InGen and the characters were trying to escape it while looking for Cooper.
The Indominus Rex, on the other hand, appeared in Jurassic World. It was created by Dr. Henry Wu and ended up causing havoc on the entire park after camouflaging into the background. However, the Indominus Rex lost its battle after being eaten by the Mosasaurus. Saying one is better than the other are some fighting words.
7 - The Raptors In The First Movie Were The Worst Looking
It's been said time and time again that the CGI in Jurassic Park doesn't look as awful as it should. For being released in the late '90s, the dinosaurs shown look incredibly vivid and horrifying. It doesn't look like fake monsters that ruin the authenticity of the movie as time goes on.
And while CGI and graphics have only gotten better in the franchise, fans can't help but marvel at the raptors in the first film. Except for one fan, however. According to Reddit, "The [first] movie's raptors are the worst looking dinosaurs of the entire saga," they attested.
6 - The Movies Are Better Than The Book
Michael Crichton is the man behind the Jurassic Park franchise. After publishing the book in 1990, he found fame and success just three years later when the first movie came out. The books were written in incredible detail and explained the science and thought process behind creating a park with living, breathing dinosaurs as the attraction. The book clearly explains everything in great detail that they just skimmed over in the movies. In short, the novels are award-winning works of genius that took more time than the movies. And yet, one fan believes the movies trump the books.
5 - Laura Dern Didn't Do A Good Job
Actress Laura Dern played the incredible Dr. Ellie Sattler, a paleontologist. Without Ellie's knowledge and understanding of the cretaceous period, who knows if she, Dr. Grant, and co. would have made it off the island alive. Dern came back again for Jurassic Park III and will make an appearance in 2021s Jurassic World: Dominion. And as incredible as Dern did, a fan didn't think Dern did a good job in the franchise. According to Reddit, "She overacts a lot."
4 - Jurassic Park Is The Worst Of The Bunch
It's hard to compare movies in a franchise that differ from each other, have different actors, and span almost 30 years. However, Reddit turns comparing films into an art form. One noted that the first film was the worst of the bunch, which is contradicting to IMDb's scores. On IMDb, Jurassic Park has the highest rating out of all the films (an 8.1). The lowest score in the franchise belongs to Jurassic Park III with a 5.9.
3 - The Kitchen Scene In JP Was Unconvincing
One of the most terrifying scenes in cinematic history is when Tim and Lex are chased into the park's cafeteria by two raptors. They're fighting for their lives while trying to out-smart a prehistoric animal that they've never dealt with before. While the raptors are communicating with each other, Lex and Time are quietly crawling around the kitchen trying not to make a sound. But when a raptor catches the sight of Lex, the hunt is one. But according to a Twitter user, they thought the kitchen scene was "boring" and they turn off the movie when it gets to that part.
2 - One Fan Liked Nick In The Lost World
There's a discussion on Reddit about The Lost World's Nick (Vince Vaughn) being the franchise's dumbest character. It appears not many people liked Nick Van Owen's stupidity and maliciousness. It's because of him that all the dinosaurs escaped their cages where trouble eventually ensued. However, not every fan saw him as a bumbling idiot who was photographing the entire experience. One fan said that they "really liked" Nick's character regardless of how hated he is in the fandom.
1 - The T. Rex In San Diego Was Cool
In The Lost World, some dinosaurs are captured and brought back to America for a new attraction in San Diego. But as always, some escape once they're in California and run amuck around the city. Seeing a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex storm through San Diego's streets was intriguing but also a far shot from reality. Some fans hated how fae away The Lost World got from the original. But one fan, in particular, noted that the "T. Rex wreaking havoc in San Diego" was one of their favorite parts!