Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (1993) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Sam NeillLaura DernJeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson

If one had to rate this movie in terms of its cultural relevance, place in film history and groundbreaking (and game-changing) special effects, it would certainly get top marks on all counts. It is also one of those rare special-effects-heavy films that holds up surprisingly well even 28 years later. A lot of that has to do with Spielberg himself who, when at the top of his game, certainly knows how to handle and choreograph action sequences mixed with technology: the T-Rex attack at night to me is still one of most tense, masterfully crafted scenes I have ever seen in movies: the combination of CGI and animatronics is seamless, the sound design is terrifying, the camera is always in the right place at the right time while the editing itself is impeccably sharp and precise to the frame!And that’s of course not the only scene worth remembering: the crossing of fence happening while the electric power is being turned on belongs to books of perfect pacing and film editing and of course the scene when the velociraptors step into the kitchen is edge of your seat stuff, as well as beautifully orchestrated.

And talking about “orchestration”, something must be said, once again, about John Williams’s iconic score, which manages to evoke both the spectacle and enthusiasm of seeing dinosaurs for the first time as well as epicness (is there such a word?) of the landscape like no other composer.What really works in this film, more than in any of the other substandard sequels (in fact the second, surprisingly by Spielberg himself, is probably the worst), is how it manages to convey both the love for dinosaurs (that first arrival is breathtaking) and the fear of them (T-Rex at night again!)

Hard to believe that the same people were who all working on this were also making “Schindler’s List” at the same time. What a year that was! I still remember the Dino-mania in that summer of 1993. You could not escape it. It was everywhere: T- Shits, toys, puppets, books, food and so on and so on. And isn’t it fun (and very meta… even before the term was invented) to see that same idea of merchandising reflected in the film itself as we pan across the Jurassic Park shop, towards the end? We must not underestimate the impact this film had on all of us watching dinosaurs roaming the earth for the first time. It was astonishing!! In fact it still is in some ways.

As for the film itself, after a slightly slower beginning where there is an attempt to make a point or two about “play God with nature” and “the fact that you could doesn’t mean that you should”, the film basically says “oh screw all that, you know what? Let’s just have fun with it: it’s all about dinosaurs running wild and chasing people” and so it all turns into rollercoaster ride and basically pure pop-corn mindless entertainment. Well, it might be a slight half wast of a good idea, but then again when the ride itself is so much fun and well executed, who cares? And yes, even if the ending with the big T-rex saving the day is a bit dumb (I mean, first you hear it coming from miles away, as puddles and cups of water tremble with his arrival and then all of a sudden he apparels at the end out of nowhere!??!), I am willing to forgive it all because I have a hell of time every time I watch it.

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