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Jurassic Park 3
Opens to Mixed Reviews
Regardless of reviews, Jurassic Park 3 is expected to have a huge opening. And even with a poor story and weak ending the movie plays much better than most "big" movies released this year like Tomb Raider and A.I.
Here are select quotes from critics about Jurassic Park 3:
Cody Clark of ABC's Mr. Showbiz - "...the dinosaurs are as fantastic as we've come to expect from the dream team of George Lucas' ILM and F/X maestro Stan Winston. But even at a trim 92 minutes, Johnston can't sustain the movie's momentum there's a surprising amount of downtime between dino attacks through to its super-silly deus ex machina ending. The ending is so absurd, in fact, that it feels like it was improvised by a committee of 6-year-olds. If the raptors truly were intelligent, they'd have eaten the final reel."
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times - "The dinosaurs are getting smarter. The people are getting stupider. A lot stupider. But really, what did you expect?...Some of the film's creatures, such as the flying pteranodons, are noticeably chilling, while the raptors, fierce as they can be, have a tendency to occasionally look like demented chickens on steroids. But it matters not. Humans may be stupid and fragile, but dinosaurs, dinosaurs are forever."
Philip Wuntch of the Dallas Morning News - "the lack of empathetic characters seems more a filmmaking deficiency than some grand cinematic plan. The viewer definitely leaves the movie feeling unsatisfied. As a result, Jurassic Park III directly shows us how much audiences have gained in the name of special effects. And indirectly it shows how much has been lost."
Paul Clinton of CNN - "Wisely held down to a breathtaking 92 minutes, Jurassic Park III is actually just what it's supposed to be -- a popcorn-chomping thrill ride that's perfect as a summertime distraction. And yes, the ending leaves things wide open for Jurassic Park IV. Was there ever any doubt? Don't think so."
From Monday's Digital
Media FX Newsletter Review of JP3 - "...Jurassic
Park 3 has a weak story, weak character development, a weak ending,
and a script written on the fly like the hastily written (and poorly produced)
score for Tomb Raider. So how does Jurassic Park 3 manage
to be better than Jurassic Park 2? The answer is in the casting
(particularly Sam Neill) and the introduction of new dinosaurs like the
flying Pterandons. The Pterandons are quite possibly the best dinosaur
villains yet because of their strategic ability to attack from the air.
This new element of 'dino-fright' plays well in Jurassic Park 3.
So does a short (and I mean short) battle between a T-Rex and Spinosaurus."
Ted Berman Passes
Berman shared directing duties with Richard Rich on two Disney animate features - The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron. In addition he worked on several other animated Disney movies like The Rescuers. He worked 45 years for Disney, starting in 1940.
Ted Berman`s accomplishments as an animator at Disney include designing the characters of Michael and John for Peter Pan and the puppies in 101 Dalmatians. His story credits include Jiminy Cricket`s, animated sequences for the original Mickey Mouse Club and Ludwig Von Drake shows for The Wonderful World of Disney, plus the story and script for Disney`s Academy Award-winning featurette, It`s Tough to be a Bird.
According to the Los Angeles Times, "Berman took special pride in working on four films up for Academy Awards -- 'Paul Bunyan,' which was nominated in 1958; 'Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,' nominated in 1974; 'It's Tough to Be a Bird,' named the Best Short Film in 1969; and 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks,' which won for Best Visual Effects in 1972."
Berman was also a talented writer.
Team Atlantis Sinks
From TV Schedule
News Link of the
Day - Hollywoods Bummer Summer
According to MSNBC:
"So an ape, a
dinosaur and Chris Tucker walk into a bar ... Thats the unfunny
setup for the suddenly stressful back end of summer 2001, whose fortunes
rest heavily on Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park III and Rush
Hour 2. The punchline: Thanks to spiraling ticket prices and stagnating
admissions, Hollywoods key moviegoing season could wind up well
below initial sky-high predictions..."
Unsolicited dFX Tip to Hollywood - "Make Better Movies and They Will Come"
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