One of my favorite films from my childhood and a breakthrough on CGI effects that changed the film industry forever.
I caught the movie on TV when I was a kid and loved every minute of it, especially the famous T-Rex scene. Watching this film again is still fun and it's so damn good that I have nothing negative to say about it really. I love Jurassic Park and no flaw in this movie will stop me from enjoying it.
The film is based on the novel by Michael Crichton and in case you been living under a rock or never heard of the movie before, here's what the plot is about:
John Hammond is the billionaire and CEO of InGen Corporations. John creates a theme park where dinosaurs are brought back to life by cloning, using DNA extracted from insects preserved from prehistoric amber. However, when a park worker gets killed by a Velociraptor, Hammond's investors, including a lawyer named Donald Gennaro, demanded that experts come to the park and to certify that the park is safe for tourists.
Later on, Hammond invites 2 paleontologists Dr. Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, mathematician Ian Malcolm and the lawyer Donald Gennaro to visit the park and their grandchildren, Tim and Lex Murphy, to join them along. At the park, they are amazed on the technology that can bring back the dinosaurs but they are still concerned about the consequences on bringing dinosaurs to the 20th century since the dinosaurs were meant to be extinct a long time ago cause that's what mother nature intended it to be.
Then sh*t hits the fan when the power goes out and everything in Jurassic Park gets shutdown thanks to a hacker named Nedry, who's a corporate InGen rival to steal the dino embryos from the lab, and every dinosaur on the island is set loose. Now it's a fight for survival as Grant and the others must survive the island from dangerous Velociraptors and a T-Rex to escape the island with their lives.
One of the most talked about complaints on the first Jurassic Park movie is the story cause a lot of people said that it has nothing to do with the book. For me, I don't find this as a problem cause it was intended to be a loose adaptation of the novel and that's because the script was already written before the novel was published since Michael Crichton wrote a screenplay for the idea of Jurassic Park before he wrote his own novel and remember, books and movies are different kinds of medium and when it comes to adapting books into movies, there will be changes into the original story and you just have to deal with it rather than complain about it.
Anyway, the story is pretty good and it talks about interesting ideas on what if we can have the technology or power to bring extinct animals back to life and that our ambitions can blinds us from the danger that's about to happen like with the character John Hammond, who's a man that had an incredibly ambitious but dangerous idea to create an amusement park with dinosaurs but when everything goes wrong, he loses his control on the park, so therefore risking the life of the people he hold dear and feeling guilty for what he has done.
Other characters like Grant, Ellie and Ian are charming and likable. I like how they develop Grant's relationship with Tim and Lex through the movie since in the beginning of the movie, Grant hates kids cause he said "they're smelly and noisy", but overtime, he grows to care for the kids and realizes that kids aren't as bad as he thinks they were. Ellie is also a good character as she risks her own life to save Grant and the others. Also kudos for Ellie for having the guts on going into the basement alone and not get killed by a Velociraptor.
Jurassic Park delivers top-notch moments of suspense, tension and action that we should probably know by now. From the attack of the T-Rex to the scene were Tim and Lex must avoid getting caught by 2 Velociraptors, moments like this is what makes the film enjoyable and fun to watch. It's hard to choose my favorite moment of the movie cause all of them are fantastic and choosing only one is just too hard but if I have to choose just one, it would be the scene with Tim and Lex escaping from the Velociraptors and why? Cause it brings fear in my bones.
Think about it, Velociraptors are smart hunters and they can use intelligent tactics to kill a prey, like the scene where Muldoon was about to shoot a raptor from afar and then, another raptor appears to kill him. Watching 2 normal kids trying to escape a pack of flesh-eating hunters is incredibly scary and even till this day, it still brings chills to my bones. I have other favorite moments like the scene of the last chase on the park and seeing that annoying lawyer getting eaten by a T-Rex while he sh*ts himself by just looking at the dinosaur, but this scene is still my personal favorite.
Now on to what everybody loved about the movie: The visuals and do they still hold up? The answer is a yes.
Jurassic Park was meant to be the perfection of CG and animatronics, and it's still a technical beauty to behold. The attention to detail on the dinosaurs is absolutely breathtaking and the dinosaurs animatronics are even more incredible. The animatronic dinosaurs were made by Stan Winston, the visual effects supervisor on movies like Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Iron Man, Edward Scissorhand and Avatar, and this is his best work on special effects in history, along-side Terminator 2: Judgement Day. They move, breath and react like a real life dinosaur would and it took them a lot of work for the mechanics to move every part of the dinosaurs body during the filming of the movie (they said it took them 48 hours to complete and work on the animatronics of the dinosaurs before filming from what I saw on the doc*mentary from the special features). Simply put, it looks phenomenal and it aged well from it's 1993 release.
The cast is pretty solid. Sam Neill is incredibly memorable as Dr. Alan Grant. His performance was very believable as a scientist and as a survivor caught in a dangerous situation where he must react quickly to his surroundings, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie and Grant's love interest was not that shabby in her performance and she did a great job in her role. Jeff Goldblum performance as Ian Malcolm was pretty good. I don't know what the fuss is about people picking on Jeff's performance but he did great and I have to be honest, he was very charming in his role. Sure, some of his line delivery is akward but it didn't really bothered me cause that's the way the guy talks. Richard Attenborough as John Hammond is my favorite performance and it's no secret why. He's very likable and he can make any moment awesome like when he says the line "Welcome... To Jurassic Park" and BEHOLD! Something epic arises from the horizon. He's like the God of all living things with his dinosaur park.
The music by John Williams.... Do I really need to tell you why his music kicks ass? It's John Williams and with his music, he can make any moment scary, thrilling or magnificent. It will never leave and it's so good that you are FORCED to listen to this epic soundtrack. It's like the DuckTales theme song that's addicting to sing to it and never leaves your brain.
Overall, Jurassic Park is still a fantastic experience and if you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you do. It's was an unforgettable experience in 1993 and it's still is unforgettable today. A total blast and a must own for everyone who loved this movie.
As for the 3D conversion that's coming on April 15 2013, I will see it just to experience it in a theater since I watched the movie on TV when I was little. I can't wait to hear the T-Rex roar in the theaters again when it gets released again in theaters.