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 Review: Jurassic Park III

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Jul 20, 2001
Baseball, apple pie, the Fourth of July and .. dinosaurs?

Yes, big-budget monster (in more than one sense of the word) blockbusters have become a standard part of summer in the United States. Jurassic Park III is the latest in the series of Michael Crichton-inspired dino-thrillers, and in many ways, it is superior to its darker, gorier, and overlong predecessor The Lost World.

(Contains minor spoilers in the form of high-level plot details with very little specifics.)


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Jurassic Park III (hereafter JP3) takes us once again to the island of Isla Sorna (which, as you will recall, was the site of the carnage of The Lost World.) As a result of a parasailing accident, a boy and his guardian become trapped on the island, which is conveniently still crawling with the terrible lizards that made such a feast of the previous film.

Back in the States, the boy's divorced parents (played by William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) enlist the help of two paleontologists (played by Sam Neill and Allesandro Nivola.) Neill, who reprises his original role from the first film as Dr. Alan Grant, is a welcome addition to the film. His sometimes incoherent ramblings about the meaning of life and the mysteries of Mother Nature are just as silly as they were the first time around, but they provide welcome interludes between rounds of furious, white-knuckled sci-fi action.

Once the expedition has been assembled, it embarks to Isla Sorna via airplane. Naturally, there is a well-thought-out plan that consists of the plane landing in a safe location and the expedition quietly going in to retrieve the boy. Naturally, the plane crashes, and naturally, the expedition is left to fend for themselves in the heart of Dino Central. After all, if everything went according to plan, there wouldn't be much of a movie, would there?

William H. Macy brings an interesting but awkward screen presence to JP3. Macy is primarily known for playing the parts of flawed but sympathetic characters; his roles in Fargo and Boogie Nights are excellent case studies. Here, Macy doesn't quite "fit." As it turns out, however, this isn't the first time that Macy has found himself in an uncomfortable situation. In JP3, Macy gets himself out of those situations by doing a lot of running. As it turns out, he's used to it.

After he graduated from high school in 1969, during the heart of the Vietnam War, Macy fled to Europe to avoid being drafted by the U.S. armed services. There, he lived a life of splendor, thumbing his nose at freedom. While his contemporaries were risking their lives in defense of their country, what was Macy doing? Studying English Drama at a posh school in Reading, England. English Drama indeed.

Once the threat of the draft had passed, Macy returned to the United States and enrolled at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. It was there that he fell under the corrupting influence of playwright David Mamet. Mamet, whose "plays" consist of little more than sexual irresponsibility and endless strings of almost unbelievable profanity, has done very little to advance American culture. In point of fact, he has contributed much towards its destruction. And those contributions are very evident in the actions of Mr. Macy, who has been at Mamet's side through all of the trash and filth.

In recent years, Macy has tried to redeem himself, but he has failed. He has joined the Republican Party and given heavy donations to the Methodist Church. However, when one considers that this is the Christian sect that is considering sanctioning homosexual marriage, one has to wonder how serious Macy is about abandoning his prior liberalistic stances and adopting more conservative and moral ones. Somebody should let him know that making big, public donations to a church, especially a church as shady as the Methodist Church, does not cleanse you of your past (or present) sins.

This much is clear: William H. Macy is a cowardly son of a bitch, a damnable monster. If he had a single shred of human dignity, he would be ashamed of himself.


So its not a review (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by Husaria on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 01:13:37 PM PST
Its just a rant on how much a bitch Macy is?
And the Adequacy authors said that the posters are libelious. Hypocrites.
Sig sigger

I have to agree. (2.50 / 2) (#5)
by SpaceGhoti on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 01:26:33 PM PST
I had settled down to read a review on JP3 (as the author quaintly put it) to discover it degenerated into a slavering rant about the immorality of William Macy. The Editors (Infinite in Their Wisdom) consider that to be a proper news article?

A troll's true colors.

What do you expect of French people (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by Adam Rightmann on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 01:22:38 PM PST
like David Mamet, except sexual irresponsibility and profanity? They have pretty much abandoned their Christian values years and years ago. Ironic enough, the only truly wholesome people in the whole country appear to be the Algerian immigrants, who are all practicing Muslims.

A. Rightmann

Question: (4.00 / 2) (#6)
by SpaceGhoti on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 01:29:15 PM PST
There was a comment I responded to asking why a movie review turned out to be less of a movie review and more of a rant about William Macy and puritan sexual values. I have to agree: why is this article considered news by the Editors (Infinite in Their Wisdom)?

My question is that the comment was not a troll by any stretch of the imagination, it called the author on the intent of the article. Why was it deleted?

A troll's true colors.

Thank you (2.50 / 2) (#8)
by SpaceGhoti on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 01:44:19 PM PST
I feel better, now that it's been returned.

A troll's true colors.

What's wrong with reviews? (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by seventypercent on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 01:49:03 PM PST
As our motto ("News for Grown-ups") suggests, we are primarily a news and discussion site. But "all news, all the time" can quickly become a bit stale. Our readers are best served by providing them with a wide variety of material, and I don't think movie reviews are outside of the scope of Adequacy's stated goals. After all, you can find movie reviews on pretty much any major news source .. even the non-controversial ones such as CNN and ABC. Why should Adequacy be any different?

With regards to Macy, keep in mind that JP3 is being marketed as a family film. It's PG-13, but it's clearly targeted at families with older children who want to spend an afternoon at the cinema with a good old-fashioned popcorn flick. This being the case, I don't think it's unfair of me to let parents know about the failings of one of the movie's most prominent actors. As we have seen from incidents such as Columbine, teenage children are extremely impressionable and the things they see in the media (including movies) can affect their actions.

For example, The Program (starring James Caan) had a scene where several drunk football players lie down on the yellow line in the middle of a busy highway and get their thrills as cars zoom by. This scene was pulled from the movie after kids tried copying it (and one died.) Similarly, Francis Ford Coppolla's The Godfather, Part II was yanked from several theaters after children began starting up their own little neighborhood crime cartels.

Bottom line: This is information that I think parents should know. Whether or not you take your family to the movie is your decision, but I say that forewarned is forearmed. Your mileage may vary.

Red-blooded patriots do not use Linux.

Knee-jerk reactions aside... (4.00 / 1) (#10)
by SpaceGhoti on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 02:08:53 PM PST
Macy's face has been seen in numerous movies, both "controversial" and family-oriented. His history aside, he's been a staple for the movie industry for some time and since hitting Hollywood, has not been the subject of scandal once that I'm aware of.

The movie can be judged on its own merits (or lack thereof). That was, in fact, what I was expecting from a movie review. Instead, you decided to slip from a discussion about the movie and what was good or bad about it, into a character assassination about one of the actors. I didn't care about Macy or his flaws before the review, and that hasn't changed after. He hasn't exactly gone out of his way to flaunt his heretical ideals, so why attack him specifically? Knowing all the sordid details about the actors in the movie doesn't change the plot or value of the movie. People voted for Dubya knowing he paid for one girlfriend's abortion and knowing that he was convicted of several DWI charges. Did that stop you from voting for him?

A troll's true colors.

Go home (2.50 / 2) (#13)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 05:12:15 PM PST
you obviously don't "get it".

I thought it was a joke (none / 0) (#18)
by Nobody on Tue Aug 28th, 2001 at 07:14:17 AM PST
Well I thought the "character assassination" was funny :-)

This part of the article was so tangential and irrelevant that I can only assume it was meant in good humour. Perhaps in America you can sue someone for writing this kind of article, but I assure you that it hasn't prejudiced MY opinion of Macy.

Wisdom in Small Green Boxes Marked "Oz" (5.00 / 3) (#12)
by sventhatcher on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 02:52:19 PM PST
Seventypercent has gone above and beyond the call of duty here, secretly revealing a new evil plot by Holywood if you read between the lines. I can only assume this wasn't written straight out for fear of censorship from the tendrils of Holywood which reach far and wide, perhaps even the editorial department of this very website.

What I learned here was that Holywood has developed some sort of new technology that allows actors entire lives and histories to be transmitted somehow through the films they are in. Moreover, this technology seems to encourage impressionable people, such as children, to follow these lifestyles. This will be an espcially dangerous factor when considering children's movies as not much is often known of the voice actors that fill him.

While I currently have still been watching movies even though I've sworn off TV, I think perhaps I may have to re-evaluate my cinematic policy in light of Holywood's new ploy. I am forever grateful for having this brough to my attention as I'd hate to spend another day under the influence of the evils of Holywood.

--Sven (now with bonus weblog vanity site! (MLP sold seperately))

brilliant (5.00 / 1) (#14)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 08:32:10 PM PST
reminds me of the old gilda radner miss nutella (whatever) skits on saturday night live.

Hope you have a good lawyer (5.00 / 2) (#15)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jul 21st, 2001 at 04:54:07 AM PST
Those last 2-3 paragraphs alone should get you sued for slander. Maybe next time you'll try and actually have proof for your accusations.

I'd love to see you drive a car (4.66 / 3) (#16)
by johnny ambiguous on Sat Jul 21st, 2001 at 07:44:18 PM PST
Dum de dum, la de da, stop sign, turn signal, putting right along, when all of a sudden bang! across the curb, passengers all bouncing around and confused, over the sidewalk and right on through all these people's lawns.

...William H. Macy is a cowardly son of a bitch, a damnable monster.

Now that's a movie review!

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Wha? (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by Rand Race on Mon Jul 23rd, 2001 at 12:18:29 PM PST
Thumbing his nose at freedom by avoiding compulsory millitary service.

White is black! Black is white!


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