Originally Posted by Greg David
The whole movie is a series of great, iconic moments strung together with awkward stretches of bad dialogue. And Goldblum is the only one who knows how to navigate them.
You hit the nail on the head, although one could say this is true for all of Crichton's work on the page as well; the man was terrific at action scenes and suspense, but slogging through his dialogue is a fucking chore, and his characters are utterly stereotypical. Would you agree?
But yeah, the movie rocks, and while the CGI has aged better in some places than in others (the T-Rex and the Brachiosaurus have aged pretty well, but the Gallimimuses really haven't), the practical effects work here is still godly, particularly the 'Rex and the raptors. As far as the sequels go, Lost World has some great moments (gotta love the slowly breaking glass) but is thoroughly screwed up in terms of story priority and morals: Vince Vaughn gets a lot of people killed and is somehow still treated as one of the heroes, Julianne Moore makes every decision a stupid one, the daughter defines "useless load", and Postlethwaite manages to be the only sympathetic dinosaur hunter in history. On the other hand, III is an amusing, well-paced diversion with some nice effects work and performances (I think this was the film that introduced me to William H. Macy).