I honestly can't tell you how long I've been waiting to do a review of this. Maybe I can, actually. Yeah, let's try explain how long I've been waiting. Initially, when this was coming back to cinemas for a limited run in 2013, I was going to give it a review. I didn't, thankfully, and so I later decided that I will wait until closer to the release of Jurassic World, just to give that film a bit of hype. Well, Jurassic World is still a few months away, but I got impatient. So here it is at last, my review of Jurassic Park! But before I can delve into my thoughts, I must describe the plot, just in case you're the only person on this planet that hasn't seen the movie. Well, let's see. Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and his partner in crime, Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are invited on a preview tour of an upcoming amusement park known as Jurassic Park. Then, well, bad things happen, dinosaurs are on the loose and cinematic history is made. I really don't see the point in going in depth with that plot.
Jurassic Park is undeniably one of the greatest achievements of cinema known to man (and woman. Because once the dinosaurs eat man, women take over the earth), and I don't say that lightly. This film is truly something, as I am sure nearly all of you are aware of. Back in 1993, nothing like this had ever been seen before, although when I think about it, nothing like this was ever made again. It's not only a film that's rather personal to me, taking me back to my many rewatches as a child, but it's a film that now, many years later, I can always find something new to enjoy after my dozens upon dozens of rewatches.
There's just so much to enjoy about this film, both terrifying and otherwise. Slow isn't really the word I'd use to describe this film. It's not slow. I wouldn't, however, describe it as rather fast either, if that makes any sense whatsoever. It's a two hour long film with the first hour dedicated to showing the wonder and amazement this park has to offer, although not without discussing its problems either. Sure, the characters are stunned upon getting their first glimpse of the dinosaurs, but after letting it soak in and hearing snippets of what's to come, the scientist in them arises and hesitance shows, providing us with one of the greatest lines ever put on film. "Life will find a way."
And life does find a way once we go further into the park. A storm hits, shutting down all the electric fences. It's at this point that the film effortlessly transcends from wonder to terror, resulting in a heck of a lot more dinosaurs, screaming, quotes and a t-rex. Yep, they have a t-rex. This second half is where the film changes gears and my goosebumps begin to appear. Having seen this film more times than I can count, it always stuns me how frightening it is. To this day, Jurassic Park still scares me, and that's something I am not ashamed to admit.
Deciding to focus in on multiple leads, rather than just one, works as a stroke of genius, allowing every character to develop and allowing more screen time for the Goldblum, because who doesn't love a good Goldblum every now and again? There isn't a main character in this film that I didn't care for. Or at least, a character we're supposed to root for. Sure, there's Wayne Knight's Deccis Nedry, but we're not suppose to care for him. I'm talking about the leads here. The Goldblums, the Derns, the Grants, etc. The ones we're with from the start and the ones we want to be there with for the end.
The screenplay, co-written by David Koepp and Michael Crichton, is all sorts of perfect. It's a screenplay with plenty of heart, humour and thrills, even if it does deviate from the source material. Translated onto film, this screenplay manages to work on so many more levels than it could've unfortunately been, special thanks given to the score and that little known filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, who truly understands how to make a film that'll be remembered fifty years down the track.
But of course, the main reason everybody comes back to this film time and time again is because of those things called dinosaurs. You know, the prehistoric creatures with a taste for flesh. Well, as I'm sure you can imagine, the dinosaurs showcased in this film managed to kickstart the careers of many palaeontologists. They are absolutely spectacular, creating a sense of awe and wonder. Made almost entirely with practical effects, the dinosaurs are treated with a sense of realism, adding to the various emotions felt during each scene. Jurassic Park is, dare I say, a truly perfect film.
To sum up, Jurassic Park is one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time, full of suspense, wonder, awe and amazement, all sprinkled with Spielberg's classic direction and a score that's all sorts of amazing. It truly is a film of no flaws.