Jurassic Park (Novel vs. Movies)


So as I hoped in my last post, I did finally get around to reading the Jurassic Park novel by Michael Crichton. In fact, since the time of my last post, not only have I finished the novel, but I’ve also seen the classic 1993 movie of the same name.

I can’t but help compare the book, which mind you I read for the first time, and the movie, which I have probably seen tens of times and loved ever since I was a child. After having read the book, the lack of detail in the movie really surprised me. A lot of important scenes that I would have liked to have seen in the movie were entirely cut out. In fact, its not just scenes, but some entire segments of the story line that were altogether omitted or significantly cut short. One scene that comes to mind is the ordeal of Dr. Grant and the kids as they tried to escape the T-Rex while they floated downstream. I take some solace knowing that some of these “missing” scenes do kind of show up in the second part, but still…its not the same.

I love the movie and always will, but certain omissions and liberties the producers and directors have taken, like changing the entire end of the movie left me flabbergasted and furious. Nonetheless, credit must be given where it is due. The very fact that they were able to make such a movie in 1993 is in and of itself incredible, especially given that special effects for movies were still in their nascency at the time.

Now that we’ve re-watched the first part, we’re really looking forward to watching the rest of the movies in the series again-The Lost World (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001) and Jurassic World (2015). The latest iteration Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom releases this summer and we can’t wait to catch it on the big screen.

Hope y’all have a great summer!