Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Film Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park (Review
United States/1993 
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray (Universal Studios)
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...has that special magic that many films are missing nowadays."

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has created a theme park called Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, filled with cloned dinosaurs. In order to appease his investors, John invites paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), along with a mathematician, Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), and the investors' lawyer, to evaluate the park's safety.

The first half of Jurassic Park takes the time to introduce the characters and the park, along with the science behind it. There is a great sense of wonder and excitement during the first half, especially during the arrival and even the tour, despite a couple of hiccups. The second half of the film, on the other hand, is an incredibly suspenseful thrill ride as everything that could go wrong goes wrong, and those left on the tour have to fight for survival. The climax of the film is the definition of intense, and the ending, no matter how predictable, is great -- even reassuring and heartwarming.

I love the story in Jurassic Park. Like I already explained, it's kind of like watching two different films, with the same characters, settings, and themes. The two halves compliment each other well. The first half, like I said, is enchanting and magical -- for lack of a better word -- and it helps buildup the second half of the film. When it hits the fan for the second half, it feels so much more effective thanks to the first half. If you're looking for an enchanting SciFi film with the suspense and intensity of an all-out thriller, look no further than Jurassic Park. Oh, and there are some very humorous moments, as well as some scary scenes that also blend well with the film. Jurassic Park really is the complete package.

The cast is wonderful and there is always a sense of excitement and wonder in their eyes and facial expressions, although they do occasionally overact. Richard Attenborough is charismatic as the lead. Jeff Goldblum has some charisma and charm in his performance, as well. The special effects are great, although some computer graphics occasionally feel out of place -- I easily forgive it due to the film's age and since they aren't overused. The animatronics are spectacular, they really add life to the film and create a viable threat. The music is adventurous, thrilling, suspenseful, enchanting... it's superb! The film is also shot beautifully, and the film has stood the test of time. Steven Spielberg's direction is fantastic, he's created a consistent, immersive, and versatile film.

Overall, Jurassic Park is a wonderful and mystifying SciFi film. It has that special magic that many films are missing nowadays. I can't see anyone absolutely hating this film as it offers so much, and that so much is perfectly executed. If you haven't see it, watch it as soon as possible -- you won't regret it.

Score: 10/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood, some gore.

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