Jurassic Park Reviews
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.
As Jurassic Park IMAX 3D is released, I am slightly older and wiser (with much emphasis on the word 'slightly'), but the film has lost none of its magic. From a technical standpoint, the effects look as incredible as ever. The narrative is a brilliant mix of sci-fi, adventure, and horror, filled with great dialogue and intriguing ethical debates. At 28 years old, I may be able to read into the subtext while also spotting the plot lapses and continuity errors, but seeing this movie on the big screen in today's most up to date technology made me feel like a 9 year old kid again. It completely renewed my love for the movies.
The Jurassic Park movies are my favorite movies of all time that i just cant help but enjoy! I enjoy this movies more and more every time i watch them! It has some of the best CGI for its time as well!
Its exciting, compelling interesting and a really good storyline with some fantastic effects that are jaw dropping!
Fantastic performances from everyoe especiallly sam neil!!
Really good movie completely worth a watch!