Jurassic Park (1993)
Critic Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense science fiction terror)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Steven Spielberg|
|Written By:||Michael Crichton, David Koepp, Malia Scotch Marmo|
|In Theaters:||Jun 11, 1993 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 10, 2000|
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Critic Reviews for Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is an astonishing success in one sense and one sense only: It is the monster of all monster movies, guaranteed to challenge weak bladders, flutter heartbeats and win automatic Oscars for the [tech crew].
One of the great cinematic thrill rides, a masterful piece of genre-hopping pop spectacle.
We ask for two things from big-budget thrillers like this: Make us believe and make us jump. Jurassic Park delivers on both counts.
This Steven Spielberg thriller remains one of his best films and one of the best summer blockbusters of all time.
As much as you can point to the T-rex attack as a master class in action filmmaking, this still leaves a mechanized aftertaste.
Audience Reviews for Jurassic Park
Steven Spielberg's prehistoric amusement is a sheer spectacle of breathtaking CGI and terrifying thrills. Jurassic Park is fun, concise, frightening and a visual treat. The film still stands the test of time as an advancement in effects and summer blockbusters. 4.5/5
"Jurassic Park" is one of those films that will always stand the test of time. This timeless film follows a team of scientists as they discover through dinosaur fossils that their DNA can be recreated. And so, their idea to open a park on an island to bring in families for their own viewing pleasure begins. This film, because of it's backstory, is very believable, and it is what most of today's big budget films are missing (a believable human element). I love every second of this film, from it's fantastic characters, to it's giant plot, to it's "larger-than-life" characters. This will forever be one of my favourite films. "Jurassic Park" is a phenomenal piece of filmmaking.
Steven Spielberg's 1993 "dinosaurs on the loose" action-fest is almost comparable to Star Wars in the way it opened audiences' mind to the possibilities of visual effects (particularly, the previously little-used CGI). Even by today's standards the CGI and animatronic effects still hold a candle to modern efforts, breathing vivid life and personality into the prehistoric beasts. Due to seeing this movie in the theaters at a young age, certain scenes such as the first T-rex appearance and any suspenseful sequence with the velociraptors are forever burned in my memory.
But how does the actual movie hold up once the nostalgia goggles are taken off? Well, the film's biggest asset (aside from the entertaining visuals) is by far Spielberg's self-assured direction and it's tight pacing. There is very little wasted time when it comes to establishing the plot and key exposition points before diving into the awe-inspiring action sequences. Also, the touchingly emotional score by the ever-reliable John Williams is absolutely breath taking and is as iconic as the film itself.
While never boring, this sci-fi adventure is little different from the "big dumb Hollywood spectacles" that infest modern-day summers. The characters are rather unremarkable and under-written. John Hammond, the fun-loving park manager that is played delightfully by Richard Attenborough, is the only person that goes through anything resembling an arc but even then it's nothing spectacular. The story seems mostly concerned with getting to the next action set piece as soon as possible with little breathing room for the characters to develop. Due to this, actors such as Sam Neil, Laura Dern, and Martin Ferrero are given very little to work with outside of clunky and cliché exposition-laden dialogue (the "show don't tell rule" is broken quite a few times in this film). Jeff Goldblum fairs a little better as Ian Malcolm despite being mostly regulated to one-dimensional comic relief, and meanwhile Wayne Knight gives way to some pretty funny moments.
The script tries to bring up ethical questions pertaining to "science vs. nature", but it's half-baked and practically dropped by the time the second-half kicks in. It also does not help how the characters act very stupid at times (Malcolm during the T-rex's debut appearance) and some pretty blatant continuity errors (the T-rex somehow sneaking up on velociraptors despite previously making tremors wherever it went).
In the end, this influential blockbuster delivers on its still-impressive special effects and infectious thrills, but stumbles with it's straightforward-to-a-fault narrative and thin characterization. While I'll always have a soft-spot for this flick, it's just a shame that as an adult what I remember so fondly makes up only a fraction of it's actual quality.
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