Well folks, after a long wait, it's almost here. The latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise will finally be brought to us after a long time of development hell. It's called, Jurassic World.
This is actually my most anticipated movie of the year (yes, even more than Avengers: Age of Ultron). I've waited long for a new Jurassic Park movie, and I can't wait to see it on the biggest screen I can possibly find on June 12, which is the day Jurassic World will be unleashed on cinemas everywhere. So, in honor of the latest installment of the JP franchise, I will be counting down my top 5 favorite movies involving dinosaurs.
Now, I will make it interesting by adding ONE RULE: Jurassic Park (1993) will NOT be on this list, because that would make #1 too obvious, as it is my favorite film of all time. I want to mix it up a bit.
I got to say, for the 1920's, the effects in this film were REALLY good. Obviously, they are primitive by today's standards, but they must've really blown people away during that time period. Based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the same person who wrote Sherlock Holmes), Lost World was a major pioneer in the special effects industry. The stop-motion dinosaurs were done by the same guy who would later go on to do the stop motion for the original King Kong (1933), Willis O. Brian. And I got to say, I don't really find a lot of silent films to be very interesting, but this one is. Especially to admire how far we've come and how good the effects were for their time. And since it's a public domain film, it's OK for me to present the full movie below.
Now, admittedly, I don't really remember a whole lot about Disney's Dinosaur. However, I do remember quite enjoying as a young lad back in the day. Disney did a really good job with this film with its well-done blend of CGI animated dinosaurs and live-action backgrounds, a technique also done with Walking with Dinosaurs (both the TV series and the 2013 film adaptation). But, ultimately, the only reason it's not any higher on this list is because of the predictable plot and generic characters. But, nevertheless, great effects and dino-on-dino battles help keep Disney's Dinosaur afloat.
What? Did you really think I wouldn't include animated dinosaur films as well. Well, you thought wrong, because here it is at #3. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Now, admittedly, this film is NO masterpiece, but that doesn't stop it from being a roaring good time (see what I did there?) The third installment of the beloved Ice Age franchise, this film focuses on Manny the mammoth and his motley crew traveling into an underground world where dinosaurs rule to save Sid the sloth, who was stolen by a rampaging T-rex, who captured Sid because he stole her eggs. This film is actually a really fun romp, and it has some funny moments, particularly the rivalry between Sid and the Momma T-Rex for the attention of the baby Rexes. And, oh, and there's also Buck, an insane rodent who lives down there, is pretty much my favorite character in that movie. He made me laugh a lot.
Now, funny thing, this movie is also called the Lost World, yet it has NOTHING to do with the Conan Doyle novel. It's actually a sequel to Jurassic Park, and I personally it does NOT deserve the hatred and abuse that it endures. While it does not reach the heights of the 1993 classic, Jurassic Park 2 is a great sequel that, IMO, has a lot going for it, particularly the animal rights subplot and the T-Rex rampaging through the city of San Diego. That was a real treat. I also like that this film had a darker tone than the first Jurassic Park. So, overall, I believe Jurassic Park 2 is a MUCH better sequel than people give it credit for. But, Jurassic Park III on the other hand, isn't really that good.
OH BOY HERE WE GO! The legendary series is one of my favorite film series of all time, and Godzilla himself is actually my favorite fictional character of all time. Yes, he counts as a dinosaur because he is actually a dinosaur that was mutated by atomic testing. Now, the film series started off with Gojira (1954), which is, IMO, a classic. Mainly because it does not treat Godzilla's attack like any old monster movie from that time. Instead, it takes the events EXTREMELY seriously. This was because it was a metaphor for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a really dark film that showed how terrifying it would be if a monster like this rose from the ocean. The effects may look primitive, but the aftermath is actually quite gruesome. It featured people trapped under rubble and dying, hospitals filled with patients, and people dying from radiation sickness from exposure to Godzilla. There's even a part where a mother is holding her baby actually sit there, awaiting their death to end their suffering as well. It was actually a really haunting film. And then it spawned the kick*ss film franchise with 29 films and counting, tons of tie-in merchandise, 2 TV series, a crappy American remake from 1998, a really awesome American remake in 2014, and much, much more.
So, that's my pick for my top 5 favorite dinosaur movies.Do you agree with this list? If not, what would you add?