Jurassic Park – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… Jurassic Park
Hello there, welcome to the world of dinosaurs! My name is Hammond. People call me the Dinosaur Prof! This world is inhabited by creatures called dinosaurs. For some people, dinosaurs are monsters of myth. Other convert them to fuel. Myself… I study dinosaurs as a profession. Your very own dinosaur legend is about to unfold! A world full of dreams and adventures with dinosaurs awaits! Let’s go!
Dinosaurs are awesome. This thought must have often crossed the mind of billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). So much even that he decided to create Jurassic Park, a dinosaur-themed amusement park. But John is a man that wants more than most, a man that spares no expense, a man that wants actual dinosaurs in his park. There is just problem: they have been extinct for the last 65 million years. So he settles for genetically manipulated frog-hybrids instead. Sadly one of his attractions sinks her teeth into a park employee and something even scarier and crueller than even a thousand T-Rex shows up; a corporate lawyer.
Under threat of retracted funding, John invites three specialists to inspect his park to evaluate whether the existing safety precautions are adequate enough to house such giant and ferocious creatures. Palaeontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), an old-fashioned technophobe with a mean streak to children, Paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), who is totally ready for Alan to jump her and raise some kids, and chaotician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a boastful mathematician with the looks and attitude of a 80s rock star, take on this task.
Disaster strikes when during the inspection a system failure occurs and most of the park’s security gets disabled allowing for some of the more bloodthirsty attractions to wander the park themselves.
Should I Watch It?
It is hard to believe that it has been 22 years since I have first seen this movie. It is even harder to believe how well it has aged. Sure, there are dated references and the park’s technology was developed somewhere around the dark ages, but overall the movie looks amazing.
The environment is spectacular and the park actually looks like an actual park. The level of detail becomes even more impressive when you realise that for parts of the movie Spielberg was not only working on Jurassic Park but on Schindler’s List as well. 1993 was a busy year for him.
And what about the dinosaurs? The CGI was obviously not as developed as it is now, but Stan Winston’s animatronics are so incredible they still hold their own against Jurassic World’s CGI purebreds. Actually, I will go one further; it sends them running back to Dr. Wu with their tail between their legs.
Yes, watch it.