A few years back, Jurassic Park was released in 3D and it was a lot of fun! It was more fun than Jurassic World, which I saw earlier today, but more on that in a later blog post, for now… this post on Jurassic Park which I wrote after seeing the 3D conversion of the film.
Would you pay to see a 20-year-old movie that you have seen many, many times before, of which you owned a VHS copy and, having purged that, currently own multiple copies on DVD? Would you shell out for 3D IMAX for a film whose twists and turns you know so well you can hum the sound cues along with them? Would you bring your spouse and 3 kids, ratcheting the ticket price (3D IMAX, remember) to $65.00 with another $50.00 for dogs, sodas and popcorn (oh, and a pretzel for Stretch)?
I hope your answer is a resounding “Yes!”
The film in question? Jurassic Park, restored and retroactively processed to 3D.
Remember 1993? That Spielberg guy was on a bit of a roll, completing Jurassic Park before moving into pre-production on a little film called Schindler’s List(which would secure for him respectability as a filmmaker for the rest of his life) while quickly taking a television detour to help develop E.R. for NBC. So, yeah, big year.
Many things struck me watching the film today.
- Jurassic Park remains one fun movie! Sit back, don’t think too hard about larger themes (though there is a nice “don’t fool with Mother Nature” element personified in Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm) and enjoy the ride.
- The special effects HOLD UP! I mean, they hold up really, really well.
- Sam Neill was a pretty compelling leading man in the early 1990s.
- Spielberg gets the most out of the dinosaurs which are only on-screen for about 15 minutes of a two-hour movie.
- It’s as tight a thriller as one can be expected to make – nothing* is superfluous and it’s as relentless as hell (or as relentless as Finding Nemo, The Cinnamon Girl’s least favorite movie: “Find that fish already! Get him to safety! I can’t take any more of this!”).
- Wayne Knight lost a lot of weight between this movie and his role as Newman on Seinfeld, though he was still a pretty big guy in that show.
- Samuel L. Jackson was pretty cool back then even as a chain-smoking park engineer who, let’s face, does very little except complain and get eaten.
- I want to watch the sequels (Spielberg did make The Lost World: Jurassic Park, based on Michael Crichton’s novel and Goldblum returns for it – Jurassic Park 3 features the return of Sam Neill and has William H. Macy – whom I love – as a lead).
There’s a reason a Spielberg produced Jurassic Park 4 is being mounted. We like being scared. We like dinosaurs. We like people who think they are smarter than God getting their comeuppances – at least I do…
Our teenage kids had a good time. The audience applauded. The film looks like it was shot in 1993 with 3D in mind and the 3D is incredible. If you are a movie person, spend the time and the scratch and see it in 3D IMAX. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Oh, and the previews for Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel (andMonsters University and Despicable Me 2) didn’t hurt!
* The one dangling plot thread that’s never picked up is why there is a sick dinosaur in the middle of the movie? What was that about?