Best quotes from the Jurassic Park franchise
The jurassic park The franchise grew out of a pair of well-written novels that tackle a host of deep topics. The films made these themes palatable to mainstream moviegoers, without losing sight of what made the novels so interesting.
Attacking male pride, scientists play God and man against nature, the Jurassic the films deliver plenty of clever messages in easily digestible storylines and eternally quotable lines of dialogue. There’s sarcasm, snark, and genuine reverence for the “terrible lizards” who were resurrected by a well-meaning but misguided billionaire in the quotes below.
ten “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates may. Man destroys God.” – Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)
by Michael Crichton jurassic park The novels ask many deep questions, exploring topics such as creationism, evolution, and, of course, chaos theory. The films generally focus more on the “Blockbuster” angle of large dinosaurs and exciting adventures, but some themes remain intact.
This line from Ian Malcolm essentially sums up the entire franchise, examining the folly of man’s efforts to toy with (and fight against) the laws of nature. His quote can be taken metaphorically, the idea of God removed from the equation of life, to be replaced by power-crazed billionaires and their own legion of scientists.
9 “The dinosaurs eat the man. The woman inherits the Earth.” -Ellie Sattler (Jurassic Park)
Ellie Sattler follows Malcolm’s line with this iconic quote. The only adult woman on the tour, Ellie is a far cry from the “damsels in distress” of adventure films of the past. She’s witty, smart, and can definitely handle herself in terrifying situations.
This quote is also a subtle description of the plot of Jurassic Park, to some extent. All of the island’s dinosaurs are female, so once the survivors fled, the woman indeed inherited the land. As Muldoon might say, “Clever girl”.
8 “Some of the worst things imaginable were done with the best of intentions.” – Alan Grant (Jurassic Park 3)
Jurassic Park 3 brought a reluctant Alan Grant back into the fray, planting him on Isla Sorna to search for a missing boy. His friend and colleague Billy is with him, and he ends up stealing Velociraptor eggs.
Of course, Grant is horrified. Raptors still haunt his nightmares, and when Billy protests his intentions to keep them, Alan shoots him dead. The line also works quite well as a metaphor for the franchise’s plot – good intentions ultimately leading to global disaster.
seven “But you didn’t ask for reality, you asked for more teeth.“- Henry Wu (Jurassic World)
Since the release of the original film, there have been many developments in the study of dinosaurs. Many of these findings contradict the depiction of the creatures in the original trilogy.
Henry Wu acknowledges this, emphasizing the idea that the dinosaurs we see aren’t quite accurate. Their DNA has been altered to make them more interesting to modern tourists (and viewers). It’s also a tantalizing clue to the terrifying Indominus Rex, who will appear later in the film.
6 “Somewhere on this island is the greatest predator that ever lived. The second greatest predator must bring it down.” – Roland Tembo (The Lost World: Jurassic Park)
Touching once more the hubris of man, The Lost World: Jurassic Park brings us Roland Tembo, a surprisingly likeable big game hunter, ready to claim the ultimate prize: a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
As the film progresses, we notice a change in Tembo as he watches his friends and colleagues die at the hands of various dinosaurs. He survives, but seems to have abandoned the hunting lifestyle, perhaps finally respecting the animals, humbled by their ferocity.
5 “…If the Pirates of the Caribbean go down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists!” – Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)
Ian Malcolm is full of sarcastic wit, and an entire feature could be devoted to his remarks and feedback alone. It was his response to John Hammond’s statement that even Disneyland was in trouble early on.
It’s a hilarious line, but also one that rings so true. It highlights not only the very real danger the characters are about to face, but also the naivety of Hammond himself – a man so determined to make things right that he’s almost oblivious to the potential consequences when they do not.
4 “She’s learning where she is in the food chain, and I’m not sure you want her to understand that.” -Owen Grady (Jurassic World)
Owen Grady is the ‘Alan Grant’ of the jurassic world saga. He’s a bit more hands-on than Grant, who would never have even thought of trying to train velociraptors, but they certainly share a similar respect for dinosaurs as living, breathing creatures.
The Indominus Rex breaks out, a brand new creature that has never walked the Earth before. Grady offers a solemn warning, that this creature is angry, powerful and vicious. As we will learn later, he kills for pleasure as well as for food…
3 “Hold on to your butt. -Ray Arnold (Jurassic Park)
In a way, this line became iconic in the years that followed. It’s not the wittiest quote, and certainly not profound or particularly meaningful, but it’s fun and it’s spoken by Samuel L. Jackson. What’s not to like?
The “butts” in question are the cigarette butts of the men when Ray Arnold (Jackson) turns off the power. In recent years, the time had come for the potential of memes, and even if Jackson did not play the most important role in jurassic parkhe is definitely remembered!
2 “It is not enough to do nothing.” – Kayla Watts (Jurassic World: Dominion)
Kayla Watts is a massive fan favorite, standing tall in a franchise among a host of returning legacy characters. She is full of fire, brave to the end and also delivers the first queer representation in the Jurassic Park/World series.
His line here is a true rallying cry, telling both Owen and the audience that staying away and letting bad things happen just isn’t enough. She is ready to risk her life for strangers, no matter what.
1 “These creatures need our absence to survive, not our help. And if we could just step aside and trust nature, life would find a way.” – John Hammond (The Lost World: Jurassic Park)
After the Isla Nublar disaster, John Hammond finally understood what’s important. He understands that the dinosaurs he created must be left alone, to thrive in their own environment away from human eyes.
He was portrayed as an eccentric, but well-meaning dreamer in jurassic park, and in the sequel Hammond is truly on the side of good, standing up against his ruthless nephew who is trying to build a new park in San Diego. As the franchise has evolved, life has indeed found a way.
Jurassic World: Dominion released in theaters on June 10, 2022.
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