#TBT – Jurassic Park

Jurassic ParkJurassic Park. It spawned sequels that have not compared, including one coming out this week that, well, has a lot to live up to.

I read this book in high school, and I loved it. It turned me into a bit a science geek for a while, and I fully believe helped inspire me to stick with AP Bio. I loved it, and when I first heard they were making a movie, I was stoked. Movies were not teased and trailered to death in the early 90’s like they are today, so I did not know what to expect.

Directed by Steven Speilberg at the height of his career, it has a great cast, but not a star studded on. Sam Neil, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum take the lead, with lesser roles from Sam Jackson, BD Wong, and Richard Attenborough. They all hit there marks, with Goldblum stealing most of the scenes that he is in.

It’s from this movie that we get the great line “Your scientists were so preoccupied that they could, that they never stopped to think if they should!”

It was amazing. There few movies that are so impactful visually in there time, and just as much so 20 years later. T2 falls into this category, where I still don’t think they have done the liquid metal effect as well since (although the studio is gonna take another shot at it this summer, but that’s for another review). There are a few moments that stand out.

When they arrive on the island, there is a moment when the dinosaurs are first revealed. The visuals, combined with what might be John Williams best work to date, make this a simply amazing scene. I would pay to see it on the big screen again (no, not in 3D, that doesn’t count!) Perhaps the second best scene is the T-Rex messing with the tour cars. The combination of practical and CG effects, especially the detail of the Rex’s eye dilating in reaction to the flashlight beam, is so convincing. It’s still a little unsettling to watch!

I love a lot of movies from the 80’s and 90’s that are filled with nostalgia, but not much else. This is not one of them. Jurassic Park blazed a trail for special effects, showed how a book adaptation should be done, and might be one of Speilberg’s best.


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