By Cody (Phoenix, Arizona)
Alright, we put Simba in 3-D, Nemo in 3-D, Jedi in 3-D, a sinking ship in 3-D so what’s next, the dinosaurs of course.
Jurassic Park 3-D is as the title suggests a 3-D re-release of the critically and financially successful 1993 film Jurassic Park brought to us by Steven Spielberg.
I’ll talk about the 3-D last so I’ll talk about the actual movie first. The premise is simple. A rich man and his company have gained the ability to resurrect the dinosaurs, and as a result build a theme park on an island for the world to see these magnificent creatures. Before the park can open however, they need the green light from a few outside experts who know nothing about the park. They choose two scientists, a chaotician, a lawyer, and two children. Then after some additional events the dinosaurs get out and it gets serious.
This film is hands down one of the best movies ever made and for many reasons. In order for you to get me invested in a film, it has to have good acting and everyone plays their roles flawlessly but there are three characters in particular I want to mention:
1. Sam Neill as Dr. Allan Grant was perfect in this movie. He is a man that is in love with dinosaurs (mostly because he’s a paleontologist). You see Alan Grant in the beginning and he doesn’t like kids, but during the course of the movie he bonds and vows to protect the two children who he risked his own life to save. His time with these children changes him and you see the subtle change take place over time. Sam Neill has also in one of the most emotionally satisfying moments in cinema history. When the guests stumble upon the Brachiosaurus for the first time and John Williams theme is playing, Richard Attenborough says “Welcome to Jurassic Park” and you see Sam Neill shift his head and the expression on his face is the complete look of astonishment and wonder when he looks out upon an image I can only describe as epic. Then the camera cuts over to Sam Neill with glazed eyes and he is just astonished at all he sees. Sam Neill just perfectly did his part.
2. The next character is Ian Malcolm. Ian is the man, who like Dr. Grant is at first astonished at these dinosaurs walking around but then switches his tone after he sees he manipulation of science and discovery that’s taking place here. He sees and foretells what will eventually come to fruition later on, that nature cannot be controlled.
3. Richard Attenborough as Hammond was also a highlight. He is the rich man wanting to make his mark on the world. He is so excited and happy, but Hammond switches his attitude after everything becomes unraveled seeing his dream crumble before him with the blood of people on his hands. Yet, Hammond deals with his trouble by doing all he can to get everyone, especially his grandchildren. Attenborough’s acting (his facial expressions in particular) show that a part of him shattered when the park fails but something takes its place yet even he doesn’t know what it is till Laura Dern points it out, caring for the people we love.
In terms of every other character’s acting it is all top notch, even the kids were very good actors.
Although the acting is excellent, this movie is legend for its special effects. The CGI used to image the dinosaurs was ground-breaking for the time and still hold up to CGI today. It is also interesting to note, that Spielberg did not use CGI for every shot, many of the dinosaurs are actually animatronic, real life things that the actors could see. I give Spielberg a lot of respect for not using CGI for everything in the film even though he could have.
One thing that Spielberg has a real talent for, it’s creating unique and unsettling tension. He did it in Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Schindler’s List. The scenes of the water ripples caused by the thunderous footsteps of the T-rex and the ominous intelligence of the Velociraptor keep you on the edge of your seat.
I’m going to put it simply, the score and theme by John Williams in this movie is in my opinion the best score in cinema history. Star Wars is great, Indiana Jones is awesome, Superman is iconic but the music of Jurassic Park is so diverse, from melodies to invoke wonder and others to manifest fear.
Now for the 3-D. This movie was post converted and post converted movies could either be like the Lion King 3-D or Titanic 3-D quality or Last Airbender/Clash of the Titans quality. I’m glad to tell you this is the best post converted 3-D I’ve ever seen and the best 3-D I’ve seen in general since Avatar in my humble opinion.
Jurassic Park is one of the greatest films ever captured and deserves every cent it earns. Some people are angry about these 3D re-releases saying it’s just another way for the movie companies to take our money, and you know what, they’re right! However, as long as they release good movies like Jurassic Park, you won’t hear any complaints from me.