Jurassic Park reinvented the modern blockbuster in much the same way Jaws did in the 1970s. Not surprisingly, both movies were directed by the same man: Steven Spielberg, and the man obviously knew how to make a blockbuster; the film surpassed Spielberg’s own E.T. to become the most successful film released at the time, a big achievement.
The plot, of course everyone knows: using DNA from fossils, an amusement park of dinosaurs is created, and some unfortunate people are trapped inside with the rampaging beasts and desperately try to find a way out. Classic Spielberg: simple, yet effective for a mainstream audience, designed to attract the most massive possible box office, and it worked spectacularly. All the elements are basic at best; the cinematography, the editing, the script, but basic is what works best for a popcorn click like this. The cast are all able, as much as they can be in a special-effects driven extravaganza. It’s the special effects that are the main show here, and even today they still hold up surprisingly well. Both the CGI and the animatronics are an impressive achievement, and are the hallmark of the film and are what give it its must see status.
If you haven’t seen this, climb out from under the rock you’re living under and give it a once-over. If you have, see it again just for the coolness factor. This’ll bring back a lot of good memories for the 80s and 90s generations.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10