JURASSIC PARK 3D: A Review

JURASSIC PARK 3D: A Salty Review by Andrew Brusentsev

I have to say I was excited to review this movie, was also great to go along with fellow members of the Salty crew – Dara and Cody and a non partial reviewer in my cousin and great mate Mark. We are a biased review team. We all love the original.

 

Jurassic Park Poster
Jurassic Park Poster – artist unknown

For me Jurassic Park was one of those big blockbuster movies that needed to be seen on the big screen like the Star Wars Trilogy, LOTR, Speed, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Die Hard and the usual blockbuster bucket list. Jurassic is worthy company in that mix.

As a fan of Michael Crichton in general (I have read nearly all of his books) I have to say that Jurassic perhaps is the closest to the source material. Some of his others Congo cough cough well have been pretty down right terrible.

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In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was one of those cinema defining moments, and its Academy recognition of visual effects and sound are thoroughly deserved. I remember going out to claim the tickets after a long and cold wait in front of the Hoyts movie theatre in the City. That night I hurriedly moved in a long caterpillar line to my seat before the anticipation of trailers and the final lights dimming to be greeted by dino awesomeness. I have owned this movie on videotape, DVD and Blu-Ray so to say I am a fan is a bit of an understatement. I enjoyed the 2nd and 3rd instalments and will even go to see the much anticipated 4th instalment if it ever gets green lit.

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Decades and many a hundred movie later to mark the film’s 20th anniversary the original cast and dinosaurs have been reunited and Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum have been thrown back to Jurassic Park to be chased and scared by a bunch of lizards.

For me I really couldn’t be happier that a new generation will get to enjoy this movie on the big screen. It is a blockbuster benchmark and like most of Spielberg’s movies a touchstone to many other directors and special effects wizards.

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The good news is that Jurassic Park 3D has not diminished the great ride that it was and still is and even 20 years on it blows most current blockbuster movies out of the water. Yes the effects look a bit dated now but the pacing, strong performances and storyline more than make up for it. Are you listening Hollywood it is not all about special effects you know.

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The bad news is that the film’s 3-D makeover is, well, pretty pointless. It adds nothing to the original movie. Ok I will admit there are certain scenes that may have been enhanced a touch by a small change in visual depth but all the scenes I thought would literally pop out of the screen, well, they just don’t. I would hate to say it but the 3D really is all a bit of marketing shtick. I mean the incredible Avatar was greatly enhanced by 3D but here with 20 year old celluloid well it just doesn’t.

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But look who cares. It’s Jurassic Park on the big screen. a nigh on perfect blockbuster that still deserves it’s A status on most people’s lists. I and the rest of the Salty Crew loved every moment of it.

Still 9.5 out of 10 come on it’s one of Spielberg’s best Popcorn munchers….. It roars into cinemas and will vibrate your large beverage cups tomorrow 4th April 2013 at most 3D cinemas.