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Jurassic Park 3D

Jurassic Park 3D

In Theatres: 
Apr 05, 2013
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 6 Minutes
Indiana Jones & the Cloned Dinosaurs?

Steven Spielberg offered the role of Dr. Grant to Harrison Ford but Ford turned it down. The role eventually went to Sam Neill.  Neill would reprise his role in Jurassic Park III.

Jurassic Park is one of the greatest films of my childhood.  From my earliest days of lifting my head, I was obsessed with dinosaurs and this film was the culmination of those obsessions.  It also uncerimoniously marked the end of my deep fascination as dinosaurs really hit their pinnacle visually and, until scientists actually create a Jurassic Park, I don't think it will ever be matched.

It was 4 years since Steven Spielberg directed anything worth mentioning (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 1989) and the movie industry and fans were eagerly awaiting what he would bring to the table in 1993 with two massively buzzed about films, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.  When Spielberg optioned Michael Crichton's massively popular book for adaptation, everyone knew it was the perfect fit for the visionary action-adventure heavy director and he didn't disappoint.

Flash forward 20 years and 12 films and it can be argued that Spielberg still hasn't matched the magical 1993, though 'Lincoln' did see him return to form after a slew of failed Oscar bait (Munich, War Horse) and attempts to recapture his magical 80s (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).  For every Saving Private Ryan, there was a The Adventures of Tintin and a, cringe, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  But still, two decades on and Jurassic Park hasn't been tainted through numerous attempts by the studio and this 3D incarnation is no exception.

I had my reservations going in as even newer films that have attempted to post-convert to 3D failed miserably (Alice in Wonderland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) but Universal somehow got this one right.  For the majority of the film, you won't even notice that you are watching a 3D film, and that's a good thing.  I don't need to see little Timmy eating Jell-O in 3D, I want to see dinosaurs ripping his face off in 3D (ok that doesn't happen but still, my point is valid).  The 3D really pops when it matters, when the dinos take center stage.

The story still works, the special effects more than work .  It's great to see this film back on the big screen, now I'm kind of hoping for a Back to the Future 3D and maybe a little Ghostbusters 3D.  Go see it.


Peter Oberth
Review by Peter Oberth
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