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interesting little battle here
This is a choice? I just watched Jaws yesterday for the 100th time and I will be damned if it I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. Jurassic Park makes me angry. So horrifically horrendous waste of film, money and time. Hate that movie. Would love to have a way to make it the last movie on my list.
Dinosaurs vs. a shark. Jurassic Park wins, because it's more interesting, and has more story.
Oooh, very very tough one! I have to give it to Jurassic Park. They're both tense as hell, but Jurassic Park is a little itty bit more fun. Hooray!
Both thrilling movies. But Jaws delivers the real horror and more iconic characters plus an awesome minimalistic soundtrack ......Great White Shark: most terrifying animal on the planet.
Spielberg is the master of the 'creature feature' and Jaws is the best of the best.
These are both fantastic film! Both of which have brought something new to the table in film making. Jaws was amazing with it's ability to not show much of the shark until it is near the end of the film and when you do see it you are surprised. Jurassic Park was an amazing film also because it was able to show dinosaurs in a new way. Being that they are both Steven's movies it is hard to pick between the two. However, if I had to choose I would pick Jurassic Park. The reason for this is I love the cast they have in it. Jeff Goldblum is so funny with the way he talks in the movie. Also I like the end with the raptors.
While I can't agree that JAWS is the "best creature-feature ever" (I spin my copy of ALIEN when I need that particular fix), it is an exceptional adventure film. Lots of energy, laughs, scares -- JURASSIC PARK is just a little too tame for my tastes, and it's really just a two-hour ad for CG effects... George Lucas even directed a lot of the special effects sequences while Spielberg was working on SCHINDLER'S LIST. My favorite is unquestionably JAWS.
"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."
- George Orwell
Personally, these are my two favorite Spielberg films. Thrilling and suspenseful could describe both of these, and the use of the shark in "Jaws" and the use of the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" are great effects.
Both memorable films, but I have to side with "Jurassic Park".
While Jeff Goldblum is reason enough to love JP, besides it being a great movie... Jaws is the film of the two that sticks with you. You don't go outside and think about dinosaurs attacking you. But everyone's found themselves in the ocean before with those two double bass notes echoing in their ears while making a quick 360 glance.
Jurassic Park for me. I could watch it over and over again.
Maybe it'd be different if I'd been exposed to Jaws in a theater, or at a younger age, but damn, I was the perfect age when I saw Jurassic Park in the cinema. Scared the crap out of me and made me smile at the same time; I still smile when I watch it. I love that movie.
Jaws was a mild disappointment for me. If asked to name a reason for that disappointment, I'd be quick to say it was Jurassic Park. It was because of it that I went into Jaws with such high expectations. I rather enjoyed Jurassic Park and it didn't seem at all unrealistic to me to expect more of the same from Jaws. However, though I cannot deny I enjoyed it as well, it fell short of achieving the greatness I expected, that everyone says it achieves. So I feel my choice is rather obvious here.
*beep* Don't make me choose Flickchart.
Jurassic Park is my pick. Why? Because my mind was blown away by this movie when I watched it as a child...
Grrr, 2 of the greatest monster movies. Shark vs. T Rex. I'm going for Jaws, because it's more rea;istic (I know, dinosaurs, ok!), and Jurassic has a few too many goofy bits in it. I want a thriller to grab me and not let go until the end. No need for humor to lighten things up.
The fish wins here.
I don't even know why it's even a debate. JAWS is clearly the better film. There are a few editing errors in JURASSIC PARK during the most simplest of scenes. The characters are more realized, the scripts is smarter, and because there is no CGI in JAWS, it makes it less dated. Looking at the CG in JURASSIC PARK shows it's age. Practical was so much better! JAWS is without a doubt one of the finest motion pictures ever made, and I can't believe it's even a question. Wow! Movie buffs nowadays really disappoint me.
Bah, going with the dinosaurs here. Blew me away when i watched it as a kid in cinema.
@lobot: I'm of the opinion that Jurassic Park holds up really well, effects-wise. The CGI still looks pretty damn good, I think, and all the animatronic dinosaurs look a helluva lot better than that animatronic shark. God bless Bruce, but he really was an ugly mother.
Creature features done right! Jaws and the mechanical fish that didn't work still tops even Oscar FX level work. Go figure.
I really did love Jurassic Park when it came out, but to me, Spielberg is best when he's fully free of his child-centric tendancies. Maybe it's just because I enjoyed Roy Scheider's and Robert Shaw's performances far more than any of the actors in Jurassic Park. Ultimately, JP was a lot of fun, kind of like a great theme park ride, but Jaws was genuinely scary throughout, and brilliantly executed.
Maybe it's because I saw Jurassic Park when it first came out and I was younger, whereas I only recently saw Jaws, but Jurrasic Park is the clear winner for me.
I have always loved both sharks and Dinosaurs. But when it came to the movies Jurassic Park and Jaws I would have to pick Jaws. Jaws was a classic and revolutionary to horror movies. Taking a normal animal like a shark and making it a killer was the perfect story to capture everyone's attention. To this day I am still a little cautious when I got to the beach.
Jaws didnt get good until the last 25 minutes where Jurassic Park was good the whole way through
for me Jurassic Park i haven't seen jaws yet but i really want to but even after i do jurassic park will still be the best for me jurassic park is like my 3d fav movie Besides the RMS Titanic Dinosaurs is my other favorite interest and thing to learn about
I LOVE both of these so much. But if not for Jaws, there might not be Jurassic Park, so... ugh. Hard pic, but Jaws.
Jaws wins this one
"Jaws" would get the win if only it had more dinosaurs.
Are you shitting me? This getting tough.
JP is much better.
Gotta give it to the one and only Jurassic Park
Two of my all-time favorites. I could count the number of movies I'd take over Jaws on one hand. Jurassic Park happens to be one of them. As a kid, I watched Jurassic Park practically on repeat, so I'll go with that.
Jurassic Park is a better childhood.
Jaws. It has more fully realized characters, a tighter script, and a scarier concept and execution. That being said, Jurassic Park is a highly entertaining thrill ride of a movie that more than delivers what it promises. Both can count themselves among Steven Spielberg's best.
My two favourite Spielberg films of all time hands down. Still, I actually find this a much easier choice than a lot of people on this board seem to; despite the fact that both films are in my top 10, and despite the fact that I saw them around about the same time as each other, as a young kid between 6-8 years old, I'm going to side with Jaws. A few pointers for comparison:
Script/characters: Both are based on best selling novels released two or three years prior to the release of the film; Jaws by Peter Benchley and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I think it worth pointing out that I am not much of a fiction reader, but these are two books that I HAVE read cover to cover and enjoyed very much (one more so than the other). I watched the films when I was younger, and I remember having a lot of blank patches in Jurassic Park, particular in the first act. The dialogue was heavily bogged down with scientific jargon and most of the characters were either boring or annoying (I'm looking at those bloody KIDS!!!). The average 6-8 year old will not understand most of the dialogue (although it is significantly toned down from the book), and with the exception of the beautifully executed and truly memorable Brachiosaurus scene, there were a lot of times were I kept thinking "I don't care about any of this, where are the DINOSAURS!!!!!?" Jaws on the other hand was a lot more direct and to the point, with interesting characters which you cared about, and some truly memorable quotes, in particular Robert Shaw’s Indianapolis monologue, which while it didn’t mean much to me as a kid, is probably one of my favourite monologues in cinematic history. The atmosphere is extraordinary in that scene. The script is also a lot more unforgiving in Jaws; in Jurassic Park, it’s fairly obvious who is going to get eaten, but in Jaws you really don’t know who is going to die. No demographic is spared; men, a woman, a dog, even a KID was killed on camera; that’s rare (incidentally this scene, along with many of the other gruesome death scenes in Jaws are among the most jarring to have ever gotten away with a PG certificate in the UK with the possible exception of the Indiana Jones). I’ll admit now that I’m in my later years the dialogue in Jurassic Park is easier to listen to, and I find the science more interesting (although as I said it’s much more developed in the book, and for a good reason), but Jaws is still much more engaging. Point to Jaws (although if we were comparing books, Jurassic Park would win hands down easily; Jaws the novel has one of the WORST anticlimaxes ever).
Acting: So admittedly the acting is not what these films are necessarily about, really it’s about the creatures in them, but as with the script and characters, I think that the cast of Jaws did a much better job overall, especially the three leads Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. I do find Jeff Goldblum entertaining in Jurassic Park, as well as the underused Bob Peck and Richard Attenborough, but as I said, most of the other performances are either bland, annoying, or are simply there for Dinosaur chow. Point to Jaws.
Effects: This one is fairly obvious, and while they are beginning to show their age, there is no doubt that Jurassic Park is still one of the most groundbreaking films in terms of both visual and sound effects development, and the dinosaurs still look fantastic to this day. And yes I know everybody says “the shark looks like plastic” but I feel I should defend Jaws a little. Compared to other shark films, I’d still say the animatronic shark in the original jaws is still the best looking. Yes it broke down all the time and yes can tell at times that it is an animatronic, but the filmmakers realised this and realised that less is more. You rarely see the shark, and that actually made for a more terrifying experience (see below), not to mention the use of some stock footage of a real Great White from legendary underwater filmmakers Ron and Valerie Taylor which is put to brilliant use in the climax with the cage fight. And I still think that the shark is better looking than most of the CGI crap that we see now days. It may look fake at times, but the CGI in films like “Deep Blue Sea” looks REALLY god awful. Still, like I said, and easy choice. Point to Jurassic Park.
Soundtrack: Both from the same composer, the legendary John Williams, but both very different scores. Jurassic Park goes for the more majestic, sweeping score in order to convey the enormity and grandeur of both the animals and the adventure and is probably one of Williams’ most underrated. The scene with the Brachiosaurus, as I mentioned before, is still one of the most magical memories I have of films while I was growing up. Plus there were some pretty tense moments in the film conveyed well by the music, especially with the Velociraptors prowling around. But for iconicity and sheer terror, Jaws is still unbeaten in my books. One of the most simple leit motifs in history, and still one of the most effective (I am excluding Psycho since I have not seen it, although I am aware while Jaws owes a lot to Psycho, not just in soundtrack but in editing and filming as well). Although it is like comparing apples and oranges, I’m going to go with Jaws here simply because it does a slightly better job of conveying emotion, probably because the emotion is one of the most primeval; fear.
Overall experience: Not really a comparison because they do differ rather in what they set out to do. Jurassic Park was intended to be a high-octane Sci-Fi adventure with undertones of man vs. nature, while Jaws was intended to be a thriller adventure with some elements of horror. I’ll admit there were elements in horror in Jurassic Park as well, but much of the time they were either underplayed or put in for laughs (the scene with the lawyer is still one of the best moments in cinematic history where you actually cheer on the monster!). I know I have been a bit harsh on Jurassic Park and you’re probably wondering why I keep it in my top 10, but not only is it a nostalgic pleasure trip which I grew up with, but also an extremely entertaining movie overall. But as I said before, Jaws is technically a much better film, and I’d put Jaws on before Jurassic Park any day. Both are still brilliant though, both at the top of their class and both two of Spielberg’s finest.
Sorry, that was very long, I thought the paragraphs would show up. But hopefully there will be something of interest in there.
I can't compete with smatticus. So I'll simply say....Jaws.
As much as I love Jaws, Jurassic Park was one of the few truly great theatre experiences of my life.
Jurassic Park, though it is a tough one, both great movies
Jaws, and it's not even close
Jaws wins ive never really ben a fan of Jurrasic Park...
Jaws. Neither of these is close being my favorite Spielberg movie, but Jaws is enjoyable and Jurassic Park is merely okay.
Jaws is less Spielbergish. In other words, it's a movie adults can enjoy, not just children (and adults who saw it as children).
Here is an example of two movies I love, but one I love exponentially more than the other. That movie is Jaws. It's got something that Jurassic Park doesn't have and it's the intimacy of its characters. The shark is as much a star as the tyrannosaurus rex and other denizens of Isla Nublar, but the humans share top billing too. That's not to say that JP's actors were given underdeveloped characters, but they lack the punch that Brody, Quint and Hooper possessed. I believe that part of it is because they're stage is a vast island whereas the principals in Jaws are confined to a small boat. But it also has to do with the fact that the dialogue lacks Jaws's subtle greatness. There is never a monologue in Jurassic Park as riveting or chilling as Quint's speech about the Indianapolis and we never get a sense of who Grant was in his real life before he left for Jurassic Park except that he hates children and may or may not want to date Ellie Sattler. The only character that crackles is Ian Malcolm whose one liners and rants are as entertaining as Richard Dreyfuss's character in Jaws. But now I feel I've been cruel to Jurassic Park. I think it achieves a greatness of its own. I like to think of it as the link between Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Arc. It's action scenes have the flow and breathlessness of Raiders, but they're all tinged with the dread and fear of Jaws. In the end, I will always think of them as two of the greatest blockbusters of all time and I would never discourage anyone from seeing one over the other.
This is one of the hardest matchups of all time. Both are similar in some way, but I think I'll go with Jaws, the better made film.
both are great but the effects are so amazing in Jurassic Park it makes it more engaging then jaws.
I'm switching over to Jaws. Who am I to challenge my childhood. Pretty close contest though.
I'm surprised there's even a contest here. Jaws is an absolute classic in this type of film, its the godfather of this type of horror.
Another movie I can watch anyday of the week .
It depends you prefer Sharks or dinosaurs ? I prefer sharks and jaws
Jurassic Park is one of my favorite films, sorry Jaws.
This is a joke. I never really liked JP to be honest, Jaws is the much better film.
Jurassic Park EATS Jaws! Why? Despite the first half of Jaws being great interesting build-up, the last half is completely boring and very un-frightening (that's coming from someone who is afraid to swim)
Jurassic Park has greater characters, better visuals, far better story, far more intense moments, better script and Speilberg himself directed this better than he did with Jaws!
Jaws, unlike most, I do not enjoy much
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My favorite of Spielberg vs one of his most overrated or worst, I think I will go with the one with the better characters, more interesting story, better soundtrack, and better movie overall. Of course I am talking about JAWS!
Two brilliant steven spielberg films but jurassic park wins