We’ve Got Dodgson – Jurassic Park (1993)

Just as wowing as you remember it to be.  So this takes place in a universe where cloning has reached the pinnacle of sophistication, and we can now create our own dinosaurs.  What could possibly go wrong when you attempt to confine them to an amusement park?  There’s really no movie out there that does Jurassic Park better than Jurassic Park; it is an originator and one of the absolute best blockbuster thrill rides out there.  It is what I like to call a roller coaster movie; the actors all do a fine job with what they are given to do, but their biggest purpose is to hit a particular demographic so that you, as an audience member, have somebody to relate to, so when danger is present, you’re right there in the moment in the your champion’s shoes.  I’ve seen this movie so many times that I know how the gears turn behind the scenes, and it at never any point bothers me because it is so well done.  It is fast moving because there is always something awe-inspiring onscreen that demands your full attention, and you never would guess that this is over two hours long from watching it.

sexygoldblumEverybody goes home happy; your entire family gets to see some kickass dinosaurs, and there’s even a little something for the ladies.

This movie is over twenty years old, and what’s so impressive about this is that the special effects still hold up.  It’s so weird that you can watch a movie from three years ago, and notice how dated the CG looks, but then you watch this or Terminator 2, and the effects are still as breathtaking as they were when they first came out.  That first moment when you hear the beautiful John Williams’ music swell and you see a wide shot of a Brachiosaurus munching on some leaves, you can feel that movie magic, almost overwhelmingly so.  This may sound a little odd, but another thing I do appreciate about Jurassic Park is the science of it; they utilize the K.I.S.S. logic of not over-explaining it, and it makes any disbelief you might have otherwise had surprisingly easy to swallow.  You totally buy it, and because the special effects are so well-rendered and it is well-established how dangerous these dinosaurs are, there is an extra layer of tension and sense of danger throughout.

philThis movie would have been a lot less interesting if this guy didn’t call out of work.

If you ask me, this is the movie that brought back the blockbuster.  They spared no expense, it is infinitely quotable, and it is my fiancé’s favorite movie of all time with good reason.  It is a wild amusement park that teaches you the dangers of playing God and the intricacies of chaos theory.  Boasted by one of greatest of scores of all time, this is something that is so well made that it is just a pleasure to watch, multiple times.

trexWhat has two thumbs and is ready for Jurassic World?

Jurassic Park (1993) *****

– Critic for Hire


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