<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L Jackson, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazello, Wayne Knight
If you were born after Jurassic Park originally released in 1993 then here’s your chance to watch a great movie the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen.
“What do you call a blind dinosaur?” – Doyouthinkhesaurus
“What do you call a blind dinosaur’s dog?” – Doyouthinkhesaurus Rex
I didn’t think much of the Titanic 3D or the Lion King 3D re-release in terms of the 3D adding much more to the original films, which were in any case good movies. Two decades later and several hundred CGI-filled films later, I’m not really expecting Jurassic Park 3D to do much for me.
Thankfully, the 3D isn’t in your face, meaning nothing gets shoved out of the screen. It’s more immersive 3D where you actually feel like you’re on this island created by Dr Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to be a pre-historic zoo cum theme park. You’re right there with Dr Alan (Sam Neill), Dr Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Hammond’s grandkids Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazello) running away from the rampaging dinos.
The added element of 3D has made this epic film even more awe-inspiring. I have to admit that when it first released in the 90s with all the fanfare and hoopla I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps because it was over-hyped at the time. But if a film made 20 years ago (which you’ve watched several times after on TV as well) can still instil wonder in you and simultaneously jolt you out of your seat then that is indeed the true test of a great film. Now you can see Jurassic Park in even more glory and detail. Yes of course you’ve seen better-looking CGI. But don’t forget that Stephen Spielberg and his ILM team used plenty of robotic models for the dinosaurs that look plenty real!
It is about reliving your childhood in a way but it’s also about going on a thrill ride with endearing characters and some marvellously iconic scenes: the In-Gen chopper descending onto the island with the waterfall in the background, the water vibrating due to dino-tremors, green jelly quivering in Lex’s spoon, the car in the tree attacking Alan and Tim, the electrified fence making a human piece of toast, the raptors and the list goes on. Of course it’s all beautifully complemented with John Williams’ magical and uplifting score and Michael Kahn’s great editing.
The 3D makes all the horrific dino attacks even scarier, so it’s totally done its job in this film. You or the person next to you will be startled from your seats as the thumping, screeching and gnawing begins. I watched a horror film recently called Sinister and I wasn’t half as frightened as I was in Jurassic Park 3D.