Jurassic Park 3D - Movie Review
Return to the Jurassic Age
Don't ask yourself why you would pay good money to go see a movie in theaters that was already released and put on video back in 1993. Ask yourself, in this case at least, why you WOULDN'T.
The plot and the characters are familiar. The scenery is familiar. The dinosaurs are spectacular, especially when you consider the fact that the movie was originally released in the early 90's before the age of current technological and cinematography advances. So why would you want to re-see a movie that most of us have seen dozens of times - if not more?
Because this is how Jurassic Park was meant to be seen. Jurassic Park was ages before its time, and now that technology has allowed for cinematography advances that were unheard of in the 90's, it's only natural to re-release such a classic.
Synopsis and Thoughts
We all know the story - but 3D brings the story to life. A multimillionaire has built a theme park full of dinosaurs. They're living attractions that speak to the minds and imaginations in all of us. What would it be like to walk with a dinosaur (and forget what any creation museum told you - human beings and dinosaurs never coexisted). Yet when you lack a fundamental respect for nature, terrible things happen as a result.
I found myself moved to tears as Dr. Grant catches his first glimpse of a dinosaur upon his arrival to Jurassic Park. It was moving while watching it on my TV at home. In IMAX 3D the result was even more breathtaking and profound. You felt the enormity of these creatures first-hand, and witnessed what happens when technology and nature collide.
Although I've seen this movie more times than I can count, I still found myself jumping at scenes that I knew were coming from a mile away. I jumped when the velociraptor made its first appearance. I jumped when the T-Rex made its presence known as well. This movie is a classic, in the truest form of the word and seeing it on a big screen with 3D effects drove the point home more and more profoundly.
This re-release brings this movie home, although it is a part of a lot of our homes already. It truly solidifies the underlying message of science and the natural order of things and makes you that much more appreciative that we never had to share the planet with these magnificent yet terrifying creatures. Although I would love to experience them first-hand, I prefer to do it safely - in a museum with a skeleton - not live and in the flesh. These creatures were truly built to kill, and their sheer size makes survival of the human species nearly impossible.
My favorite scene of all time was the T-Rex chase, and seeing it coming straight at you was incredibly jarring - and amazing. We sat there laughing, not because it was funny but because it was simply so spectacular. My second favorite scene had to be the sick triceratops. As Dr. Grant (Sam Neil) felt the power of the creature beneath him and felt it breathing, the big screen really brought it to life in a way that i had not previously experienced.
Reliving the Impact
When Jurassic Park first came out, it was the dawn of CGI and real-time effects. 3D was still a ways off, and this movie was one of the first opportunities for movie-goers to see life-sized dinosaurs in all of their glory. This first look prompted the normal fear response, but also a sense of awe and inspiration for other film makers to go out and create ground-breaking masterpieces to thrill, terrify and move audiences around the world with their creations. The original Jurassic Park was incredibly moving for me, and I still remember sitting in a theater and watching the story play out. Although I have all of the films on DVD/Blu Ray at home now, I wouldn't have missed the opportunity to see this re-release. No matter how familiar you are with a film or a story, seeing it on the big screen especially in 3D is an incredible opportunity, and it is an opportunity that I will never forget. While so many movies now are being released in 3D and some add to the story while others detract from it with unnecessary distractions, Jurassic Park was certainly among the former. It was awe-inspiring and beautiful, and I felt like a kid again watching a favorite dinosaur movie in huge scale right in front of my eyes.
Dinosaurs Come to Life
Let's face it - although Dinosaurs fascinate millions of people, the world of Jurassic Park is not going to happen in reality. We're never going to see some of these miraculously beautiful creatures up close and in-person - and additionally, we probably don't want to meet many of them under any circumstances. Since reality is the case, the universe of Jurassic Park is the closest that most of us we'll get to real Dinosaurs - unless we're paleontologists. there's something truly magical about seeing these creatures come to life on the screen, even though we know it's just a movie. For Jurassic Park, audiences are more than willing to suspend disbelief for as long as the movie keeps playing, to put ourselves into the minds of those who are running towards - or from - these gigantic, long-extinct creatures in situations we will never have to face. That's part of what makes Jurassic Park so special and so enjoyable.
I plan on seeing this film in theaters more than once, and I see it as anything but a waste. Sometimes the imagination is much more powerful than reality, and the re-release of this classic is an epic way to experience the awe, beauty and power of animals that shaped my dreams as a child safely in adulthood. The fact that the story was well-known to me before ever entering the theater did not detract from the experience - it added to it exponentially. It gave me an appreciation for the movie that I had not previously recognized and showed me the true genius of the human mind and imagination. Spielberg was way ahead of his time, but I'm infinitely glad that he brought us this movie when he did - and had the wherewithal to re-release it in this spectacular, beautiful fashion. Every time I see it from here on into the infinite future, I will remember what it was like to be given the opportunity to experience it in this way, and I will hold these memories with me long into the future. I got to see Jurassic Park in Imax 3D - and I highly recommend the investment. It is truly an unforgettable experience that is beyond compare.