Classic Movie Review: Jurassic Park

Classic Movie Reviews are once a week posts in which I review a movie from the past.  It might have to do with a movie coming out that week or just a personal favorite of mine. These reviews may contain spoilers.

This week’s Classic Movie Review is the first Jurassic Park in honor of Jurassic World coming out this weekend.

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I’ve probably seen Jurassic Park 150 times in my life and that might be low balling it.  It is an incredible movie that appeals to both kids and adults.  The idea of bringing dinosaurs back to life is something most of us thought about as kids and what it would be like.  This movie shows that it would probably be a terrible idea if it was possible.

The movie is pretty much all positives so it’s tough to figure out where to start.  The acting is fantastic.  None of the actors are overly famous (with the exception of Sam Jackson) or recognizable but they are all great character actors who play their roles well.  The kids are probably the weakest actors but they do a serviceable job.  The advancements in CGI this movie made are incredible.  It still holds up today.  In fact it probably looks better than a solid percentage of movies made today.  That CGI, combines with practical effects and animatronics, bring the dinosaurs to life.  If you didn’t believe that those were actually dinosaurs on screen, then the movie would not have been nearly as good.  The plot is simple but is what it needs to be.  It didn’t need to be overly complex.  In fact, that would have taken away from the movie probably, making you focus on that rather than being fully engrossed in what was going on.  The comedic relief in the movie is timely and subtle which is always nice in a movie like this.  And the intensity of the scenes with the T-Rex and the velociraptors is unmatched in pretty much every other movie.  It is truly edge of your seat action and definitely contributes to the greatness of this movie.

The only real negative I can think of is that the Tim character gets pretty annoying, to the point that I personally briefly root for the raptors at the end (kidding…sort of).  Even with that being said, we can just forget about that (and the two really bad sequels) to give the movie what it deserves- a perfect 5/5.