It’s hard to believe this site has been around since 2008 and I’ve only mentioned Jurassic Park in a game review that I liked and everyone else hated, despite it being a seminal moment in the lives of many geeks. Well, for me Jurassic Park is a bit of a sore subject. You see, my mom got the book from the library well before it was a movie. After she read it, I did upon her recommendation. I was about thirteen at the time and holy crap, Jurassic Park the novel was the greatest thing since Star Wars. I loved the shit out of the book, I read it multiple times. Then later when I found out it was a movie, I knew I had to see it.
This hype was only exacerbated by the marketing onslaught coming from every angle. There were toys, McDonald’s ads, and a staple of my nightly viewing… Entertainment Tonight airing fake news items about it.
I still remember having a sinking feeling when I finally got to see Jurassic Park in the theater. After all the build up, I wasn’t satisfied. Sure it was a technological marvel and the plot was still there… but it wasn’t the same as the adventure that I had seen in my head.
I’ve only seen Jurassic Park a few times since it’s release in 1993*. It’s just been this T-rex sized sore spot for me. While in Best Buy I saw it in 3D and thought, “Well even if Im still lukewarm on it, I can fast forward to the good parts or other people might want to watch it…”
And then a miraculous thing happened! After watching Jurassic Park on Blu Ray in 3D, I no longer dislike Jurassic Park!
The Movie: I’m not going too deep into the movie itself, if you’re reading this you’ve probably seen it. If you haven’t seen it, there’s a dinosaur themepark and the dinos get loose and start killing people. It’s like Westworld, but with dinosaurs.
So it’s got kill crazy dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum what is my problem? Well, aside from the fact that my expectations were too high, it’s the shithead kids. They’re so freakishly annoying. Either the girl is screaming her head off like an idiot or the boy won’t climb down the fucking electric fence just get off it already you moron… sorry. The kids in the book never really came across to me as total morons, but in the movie they’re a huge source of aggravation for me when watching it. It’s only when they get to the kitchen scene where I feel no hatred for them… but it’s a long ride until that point.
One thing I completely forgot about is how little Jeff Goldblum gets to do. After the T-Rex attack scene he’s injured and he’s just laying on this table. At least he got to star in Jurassic Park: The Lost World.
As far as the technology goes the CGI holds up fairly well, though it is dated. I think it’s at the point where you’d have to explain to a kid that it was really the first time that a creature could move and act like that in a film and not be a real thing and how amazed we all were by the spectacle. The puppetry… well I know people hate the shit out of CGI, but a few of the shots you can really tell the dinosaurs are animotronic creations. Other shots, not so much. Perhaps this is due to the magic of high definition taking away some of the mystery. Regardless, Jurassic Park features some of the best puppetry effects work to ever be captured on film.
The 3D: Wow, just wow. Jurassic Park 3D is not only a 3D conversion done right, it’s 3D done right, period. There is so much depth in practically every scene that it’s astounding. Even interior shots of a nearly empty board room offer visual eye candy. And this is just a board room! There are only a few scenes look odd, like 2D people popping out of their surrounding environment.
It’s hard to pick a favorite 3D scene, but I guess I’d go with the T-Rex attack. I just love the times when you see through a the glass at the outside world in the truck, like when the T-Rex is smashing the window down on the kids. However, this is a tough call because almost every scene is great in 3D.
It’s worth noting that the 3D conversion disc is a new transfer of the film. Videophiles have expressed some disappointment with it. The 2D version is an older 2011 release that other Videophiles dislike. I have no problem with the 3D conversion and haven’t watched the 2D version so I can’t comment.
The Final Judgement: If you have a 3D capable TV you have to get Jurassic Park in 3D. It’s a must. It’s just so damned good.
As a 3D fan it’s the kind of movie that reminds me why I like 3D, and then get depressed when there’s so little good 3D done well. It’s now my favorite 3D film. The 3D changes the experience of Jurassic Park for the better, and that’s pretty much the height of 3D success.
*I did enjoy the Genesis game, the McDonald’s cups and a Jurassic Park poster though.