Jurassic Park (1993) Review


Verdict: Immerseful

Unique story, on point soundtrack, and great visuals.

Review

Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are approached by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) who offers them work at his new dinosaur theme park. Along with them, Hammond brings Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) a lawyer from his investors, and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) a mathematician. Things go wrong when Dennis (Wayne Knight) leaves his post with ulterior motives, and Ray (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to fix the mess. Trapped in the park, Alan and Hammond’s two grandchildren, Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello) must carefully navigate the dinosaur world. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

I cannot actually remember if I have seen this film in its entirety before, but do remember snippets from it. Watching this again, I am surprised at how engaged I was with the film. Perhaps it was because I was feeling relaxed with my friends around me which made me interact with the film. I would constantly react to what is happening (mostly in thrilling scenes), and would talk to characters or question what is shown on screen. We had some interesting discussion about certain aspects of the film.

The story of Jurassic Park is certainly a unique one, and is based on the book of the same name by Michael Crichton. The creative world of Jurassic Park shows us one possibility of how dinosaurs would live if they existed in modern society. Though the science of it isn’t very convincing, they did a great job at creating a scientific sort of atmosphere.

Adding to that, the cast fits well into their roles, and the acting is pretty good. Sam Neill is a little expressionless and mumbles quite a bit, but is otherwise a good fit for his character. Larura Dern gives a great performance, and I especially like her rebuttals in the face of sexism. Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello, who play the grandchildren, are pretty much the only ones who react like they should when faced with a dinosaur- that is, with fright and terror. Jeff Golblum seems to be there only for comic relief, and mostly delivers his lines awkwardly.

Surprisingly, the visuals for this film is very realistic and not at all like I would have imagined a 90’s film to be. Not like some films with horrible CGI work, the film-makers and animators of Jurassic Park went through extensive renderings and scans to compile realistic visuals and movements of the dinosaurs. Some action is obviously fake, but overall, this film had great visual effects.

Finally, the soundtrack for the film is amazing, with each song fitting into the setting of the scene perfectly. The suspenseful and thrilling scenes have music that aids in giving the audience that sense of anticipation. In some scenes the music is a little cheeky in that the film-makers are deliberately letting you know that something is going to happen, and is aware that you know.

Overall, a fun film with excellent production quality and great directing. A film worthy of being in the ‘classics’ category.

To sum-up:
PROS: Story, visuals, soundtrack
CONS: Characters not terrified enough

I give this a 9/10.

Have you seen Jurassic Park? Rate it out of 5 stars above and leave a comment below!

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