Reviews of an Acute Cinephile.

Random Classic Reviews of an Acute Cinephile : JURASSIC PARK (1993)

JURASSIC PARK REVIEW

Jurassic Park is perhaps the movie that made me fall in love with movies in general. In effect, without Jurassic Park, There would be no Acute Cinephile.

In 1993, Steven Spielberg and the unsung heroes of this film, George Lucas’ Visual Effects company, Industrial Light and Magic set out to create a fantastical and yet a believable world in Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Science-Fiction Novel about a theme park where Dinosaurs roamed free and finally, what they actually ended up creating was a truly nostalgic masterpiece- a perfect blend of Science-Fiction, Visual Effects and Story that not only lived up to the source material but in fact surpassed it which is something that very few adaptations can lay claim to (Noteworthy Mentions being The Shawshank Redemption and the Harry Potter films).

Seeing that the fourth installment in this franchise, tentatively titled “Jurassic Park 4 World” has been officially set for release in 2015, I’ve decided to take a walk down memory lane and revisit one of the most defining moments of my childhood.

Jurassic Park, like Titanic and Terminator 2 is one of those movies that any person who watches English movies would/ should have watched, So explaining the plot synopsis would seem a tad redundant but for the sake of a detailed review, i shall overlook that fact for now.

John Hammond (played unsurprisingly well by Richard Attenborough) is an eccentric billionaire who, investing in the latest technology available has succeeded in creating a Theme Park (Hence, the name) where the exhibits are real, live dinosaurs. In order to survey the park and to deem it fit for opening to the public, He invites Dr. Allan Grant (a paleontologist played by Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (a paleobotanist played by Laura Dern), Ian Malcolm (a Chaotician played by the 90’s RDJ, Jeff Goldblum), Donald Gennaro (The lawyer representing Hammond’s company’s investors played by Martin Ferrero) and his grandchildren Tim and Alex (Played brilliantly by Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello) for a weekend at his park.

Things go awry, The dinosaurs escape (including the gigantic T-Rex and the Vicious yet brilliant Raptors who serve as the primary antagonists of the film) and all hell breaks loose turning the film into a superb horror-survival picture.

Although the plot synopsis i have written above seems too predictable, Jurassic Park is anything but. The dinosaurs, brilliantly brought to life by ILM actually FEELS real and magnificent (which is more than i can say for certain CGI crapfests that Hollywood relentlessly churns out these days) and so does the threat posed by the Raptors and the T-rex.

There are sequences in this film that, no matter how many times you watch them, still seem terrifying (Like a particular scene where Tim and Alex are attacked in their Tour Vehicle by a T-Rex or a scene where the same duo hide from Raptors in a kitchen) which shouldn’t be surprising as Spielberg is without doubt, one of the best at sustained horror sequences ( Read: JAWS ).

There are also scenes in this film that would, even now, 13 years after it was first made, would fill the viewer with just sheer wonder at its scope and majesty ( a shining example of such a scene would be when the group sees a dinosaur, namely a brachiosaurus for the first time) and the acting here is top-notch as well, the true standouts being Jeff Goldblum as Hipster Mathematician Ian Malcolm who acts like the Tony Stark/ Han Solo of the group and surprisingly, Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello as Tim and Alex. It is a testament to Spielberg’s prowess as a director that kids always shine in his films (even the mediocre ones).

There is also Sam “say what again” Jackson in one of his roles pre-Pulp Fiction as Arnold, a computer programmer. The rest of the cast is brilliant as well, believably emoting Raw terror and emotion when and wherever required.

The only other movies that have made me feel the same way like i did for Jurassic park are only a handful ( a noteworthy mention being this year’s PACIFIC RIM) and even then, they can only hope to achieve the sense of novelty and wonder that audiences back in 1993 would have experienced.

If, by any chance you like movies and you haven’t watched Jurassic Park, Please do.

FINAL VERDICT :

Wondrous, Tense, Terrifying, Majestic, Poetic, Amazing are but few of the numerous adjectives that one could use to describe one of Steven Spielberg’s best movies as well as my favourite film of all time. To me, Jurassic Park is more that just a film.

It’s a memory.

MONEY MOMENT :

The entire movie is worth 10 times the actual price of admission.

RATING:

A solid 10/10 (Awesome)

One of the best films of all time
One of the best films of all time

Directed by : Steven Spielberg

Produced by : Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen

Screenplay by : Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Based on :  Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Starring :   Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob                                     Peck, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne                                                   Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards

Music by :  John Williams

Cinematography : Dean Cundey

Editing by : Michael Kahn

Studio : Amblin Entertainment

Distributed by : Universal Pictures

Running time : 126 minutes

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