Monday, 9 January 2017

Jurassic Park (1993)

Genre

Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Director

Steven Spielberg

Country

USA

Cast

Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Wayne Knight, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Thro, Miguel Sandoval, Jerry Molen, B. D. Wong, Richard Kiley, Greg Burson

Storyline

During a preview tour, a group of scientists and two kids must fight for their survival as the theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaurs to roam freely over the island.

Opinion

After watching "Westworld" for the first time - also based on a Michael Crichton's novel -, I couldn't not rewatch "Jurassic Park", an exciting and incredible milestone in cinematic history as well as the best film about dinosaurs ever made.

Just like in "Westerworld", the story of this film isn't perfect. And it isn't that good either. Rewatching it I indeed realised there are a lot of plot holes, and that some turns are quite clichéd, but in spite of those flaws, the story is still compelling and fascinating, and the perfect pacing makes for a wonderful experience.

The characters aren't that deep either - some of them are tremendously one-dimensional - but, maybe it's because I grew up watching this film, or maybe because of the cast, it's impossible not to bond with them, and you'll definitely not want certain (bad) things to happen to certain people, like the two paleontologists and the two kids. And you'll also develop negative feeling towards some other characters. At least that's what I experience every single time.

The CGI is the reason why I consider this the best dinosaur movie. The special effects were so beautifully done that not only they still hold up today but they are even better than some films today. Also the dinosaurs look so realistic and menacing. I really don't care about the scientific inaccuracies.

The cast is amazing. Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Richard Attenborough all nail their respective characters, but stealing the show are Ariana Richards who is just the coolest - I loved her when I was a kid, I still love her - and Jeff Goldblum in the role of arrogant Dr. Ian Malcolm. He simply was the perfect cast for that role.

6 comments :

  1. Great review! I feel the same way as you do about this movie. I might be going a step too far now but I thought some of the things people complained about Jurassic World were the same in Jurassic Park!
    That said, I watched Jurassic Park on a tiny airplane screen, so I need to re-watch it soon :)

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    1. Thanks! Jurassic World was pretty much a remake of the original, so it makes sense people complaining about the same things. Anyway, you should really rewatch this one, it's worth every second of it.

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  2. I enjoyed this movie! It's one of my favorites. :)
    Amazing review as always.

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    1. Thanks! It's one of my favourites as well!

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  3. Da bambino sognavo i dinosauri grazie a "Jurassic Park"! Cult

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    1. Più che sogni mi sa che erano incubi!

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