Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction, Thriller
Runtime: 127 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
When the original film in the Jurassic Park series was released in 1993, it floored audiences with its state-of-the-art special effects that seemingly brought dinosaurs to life. However, there’s more to this movie than just fancy computer-generated imagery. The compelling story is about an amusement park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs being given a trial run by several experts and the grandchildren, Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards) of the park owner, Hammond (Richard Attenborough). Rightfully regarded as a modern classic, Jurassic Park still manages to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
This picture is famous for ushering in the modern era of computer-generated special effects. However, one of this flick’s secret weapons is how it balances the digital stuff with extensive practical effects. The two styles are blended almost seamlessly, resulting in dinosaurs that the audience doesn’t really question the realism of. The action scenes are ferocious and surprisingly well-staged.
Of course, Jurassic Park isn’t just a bunch of dinosaur scenes stringed together. It has human characters that we actually get to learn and care about. The cast is just the right size for this kind of flick. It’s large enough to make its world feel populated, yet intimate enough for the audience to not lose track of who’s who. There’s a great sense of wonder, awe, and discovery that permeates the movie. The masterful musical score from John Williams amplifies these feelings.
Jurassic Park is not just your average action-adventure blockbuster. Director Steven Spielberg carefully crafted an excellent sci-fi yarn. With moments of action, drama, suspense, horror, and even comedy, it has something to appeal to most filmgoers. Like many (most?) of the director’s works, it has a quality that makes it still feel fresh and immediate after the passage of many years. Even if you’re not a dinosaur fanatic, this one deserves to be watched.
My rating is 8 outta 10.