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Review: Jurassic Park 3D

Jurassic Park 3D
Apr. 3, 2013by:
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PLOT: A tour of a state-of-the-art theme park featuring living, breathing dinosaurs goes awry when the park is sabotaged from within and the creatures are let loose.

REVIEW: Im not often prone to exaggeration, at least not in movie reviews, but it isnt a stretch to say that seeing JURASSIC PARK 3D in the theater after all this time made me feel like a kid again. The pure excitement, wonder and surprise inherent in Steven Spielbergs movie have not dissipated in the 20 years since its release. In fact, those things are enhanced by the fact that were so used to nonstop CGI-extravaganzas these days, were rarely moved by a films grandeur. But its impossible not to be moved by JURASSIC PARK, which is being released now in 3D form; it is a beautiful piece of popcorn entertainment, and I doubt Ill have a better time at the movies this year.

Just so were clear, Im extremely familiar with the film; this wasnt a rediscovery. I know JURASSIC PARK so well I can quote it, know every scene like the back of my hand. So its a testament to the power of the theatrical experience that I was so swept up. You can have the largest, most badass home theater system on the market, but there is still no substitute for watching a big movie like this with a full house of people eager to enjoy themselves. And when the brachiosaur makes his first appearance, with John Williams gentle theme guiding Alan Grant (Sam Neill) - and us - into a new age of movie magic - it seemed to me that my audience was glued to the moment the way we were when the film first came out. I was, at the very least, I can assure you.

But you know its splendid; youre probably wondering about the 3D conversion. I must admit that I have not seen a ton of post-converted movies in the theater; except for the mediocre work done on TOP GUN, I dont have anything to really compare this to. But that wont stop me from saying that a very good job has been done here. Some sequences look made for the format: the helicopters arrival to the island, or the traversing of the perimeter fence; the T-Rexs attack on the cars looks fantastic, although oddly enough, its the rain that I noticed more than anything. (Water comes off really well in 3D.) When theres a lot of CG on the screen, the visuals can get a tad fuzzy, but the practical effects look just fine - and thankfully there are more practical effects in this movie than youre likely to remember. Let me put it this way: Im more eager than anyone to brush aside the converting of movies, especially older movies, into 3D, but the work done on JURASSIC PARK is highly commendable.

Truth be told, the 3D is incidental. Its seeing it in the theater again that matters, with brilliance of ILMs work unfolding before your eyes on a large scale and sound effects so loud you can feel every thump in your feet. Youre apt to notice things that you dont pay attention in the hundreds of times youve seen it on your TV: Ive never really given much of a look at Alan Grants trailer in Montana; how many times have you actually studied his workspace when John Hammond surprises him and Ellie? Or the details of the laboratory when Alan and the group watch the raptor being born? (Which is a terrific little scene; the baby raptor is a fantastic creation.) These environments we take for granted because were so familiar with the film, were probably not paying close attention to them. But when seeing JURASSIC PARK on the big screen, you have time to let your eyes roam and take in details youve long forgotten.

Its likely that we take JURASSIC PARK for granted on the whole. We recall the big moments - the T-Rexs epic entrance, the raptors on the prowl in the final third - but Spielbergs entire movie is such an exciting rush and filled with plenty of minor enjoyable set-pieces. The scene where Grant rescues Tim in the tree and their mad dash to avoid the falling car, for example, is a nice little morsel of suspense that has nothing to do with chomping lizards (it also looks rather wonderful in its 3D state). And the race-against-the-clock perimeter fence climb is a wild little trip with a great punchline. Then theres Nedrys (Wayne Knight) funny/freaky encounter with the initially cute, ultimately horrifying dilophosaurus. (How the hell does it get into the car? Who cares!)

Its really Spielberg's show from start to finish; he is at top form during JURASSIC PARK, tugging at our heartstrings in that effortless way he does, just to snatch those serene moments away to scare us to death. How lovely is the scene when the group finds the sick triceratops? Notice how subtly nasty is it when Hammond gleefully demonstrates how the raptors are fed. The adorable little meeting between the brachiosaurus and Alan and the kids has an easy snot gag at the end of it, and makes us laugh despite ourselves. But then how much fun is it to watch those two small kids live out a nightmare scenario as the devilish raptors (dont they seem to smile?) come this close to eating them alive in the kitchen?

I realize now that much of this review is simply a fond recollection of my favorite moments. Well, that's just what seeing JURASSIC PARK 3D brings out. How many movies have so many memorable shots, sequences and pieces of dialogue? (Won't even list off all of those, but I'm still partial to "Hold onto your butts.")

It's a film like this that makes you glad you're a movie geek to begin with. Simply put, its a true roller-coaster ride of a movie; the ultimate thrilling summer blockbuster with ample doses of heart and majesty. Id be a jerk if I ignored some of the other key players in the films success: John Williams, whose score was an instant-classic as soon as you heard it; Dean Cundey, whose camera is always gliding and surveying, putting you right in the thick of it without overwhelming you; Michael Kahn, Spielbergs longtime editor who corrals the action on the screen and molds it into something both dizzying and comprehensible (if only mega-budget movies nowadays were so well put-together.)

So journey back to JURASSIC PARK as soon as you get a chance. You won't regret it.

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12:40AM on 04/06/2013

best movie

we're all spoiled today with movies today and the "cgi extravaganzas" that are so shamelessly shat out. like jp these films should use it in moderation. the cgi in jp truly withstood the test of time and still will with only a few scenes having it used instead of it all throughout. im just rambling here but im sick of these huge big budget films coming out that are more animated than live action and they're not even good. jurassic park is the best, speilberg is king, and i hope this is released
we're all spoiled today with movies today and the "cgi extravaganzas" that are so shamelessly shat out. like jp these films should use it in moderation. the cgi in jp truly withstood the test of time and still will with only a few scenes having it used instead of it all throughout. im just rambling here but im sick of these huge big budget films coming out that are more animated than live action and they're not even good. jurassic park is the best, speilberg is king, and i hope this is released again in the next two decades. ps the introduction of the t-rex is truly a boner worthy scene.
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5:18PM on 04/05/2013

Amazing.

Just got back from seeing it in theaters. I came close to tears a few times. I never got to see it in theaters when I was a kid and had been waiting all this time to go see it. It's my favorite movie of all time and is the reason I am so into movies. It was like watching it for the first time. Such a great experience.
Just got back from seeing it in theaters. I came close to tears a few times. I never got to see it in theaters when I was a kid and had been waiting all this time to go see it. It's my favorite movie of all time and is the reason I am so into movies. It was like watching it for the first time. Such a great experience.
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2:56AM on 04/04/2013
I agree with DeakenBlack. You explained in graphic detail your boner for this movie and you give it a 9/10 instead of 10/10? Shame! You go change that. You go change that right now!
I agree with DeakenBlack. You explained in graphic detail your boner for this movie and you give it a 9/10 instead of 10/10? Shame! You go change that. You go change that right now!
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12:41AM on 04/04/2013

KILL THE LAWYER!!

Loved this movie. I dunno how many times ive watched it at home. Now in 3d!! Awesome. I remember i made the crowd burst out laughing when i yelled out "kill the lawyer" from the movie Hook when rex chewed up the blood sucking lawyer!! Hahahahahah
Loved this movie. I dunno how many times ive watched it at home. Now in 3d!! Awesome. I remember i made the crowd burst out laughing when i yelled out "kill the lawyer" from the movie Hook when rex chewed up the blood sucking lawyer!! Hahahahahah
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6:45AM on 04/05/2013
I hate watching movies with people like you in the theater.
I hate watching movies with people like you in the theater.
11:36PM on 04/03/2013
Much like Indiana Jones in the 80s. I feel Jurassic Park is one of the greatest adventure movies of the 90s. I see no point in converting it to 3D because sometimes 3D can mess with the mind & actually take away from the experience. Maybe if 3D had hit it big again at the time of it's original release you could argue it differently. This is just a movie you do not get tired of watching over & over.
Much like Indiana Jones in the 80s. I feel Jurassic Park is one of the greatest adventure movies of the 90s. I see no point in converting it to 3D because sometimes 3D can mess with the mind & actually take away from the experience. Maybe if 3D had hit it big again at the time of it's original release you could argue it differently. This is just a movie you do not get tired of watching over & over.
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8:51PM on 04/03/2013

Was anyone else humming the theme song from Jurassic Park...

while they read this? I couldn't help myself.
while they read this? I couldn't help myself.
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6:53PM on 04/03/2013
Jurassic Park is cinematic perfection. It is the reason I'm a fan of movies. Hell, when I was a kid I remember wanting to be a paleontologist like Dr. Grant, and that I might one day get to see a live dinosaur (logic and science kind of escape you as an 8 year old). Needless to say, I'll being seeing this over the weekend. I'll be the guy with the largest smile in the theater.
Jurassic Park is cinematic perfection. It is the reason I'm a fan of movies. Hell, when I was a kid I remember wanting to be a paleontologist like Dr. Grant, and that I might one day get to see a live dinosaur (logic and science kind of escape you as an 8 year old). Needless to say, I'll being seeing this over the weekend. I'll be the guy with the largest smile in the theater.
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5:04PM on 04/03/2013
I never got to see Jurassic Park in theaters. My first viewing experience was a 19" Sony, and I feel my life will forever be ruined because of that. To this day, I rail against my parents for not taking me to see it. I remember reading box office figures in the Wednesday paper as a kid, asking myself, "Why the fuck haven't I seen this movie?" I just never got around to it. I remember my friends talking about it (obviously they weren't REALLY my friends or they would have fucking invited me) and
I never got to see Jurassic Park in theaters. My first viewing experience was a 19" Sony, and I feel my life will forever be ruined because of that. To this day, I rail against my parents for not taking me to see it. I remember reading box office figures in the Wednesday paper as a kid, asking myself, "Why the fuck haven't I seen this movie?" I just never got around to it. I remember my friends talking about it (obviously they weren't REALLY my friends or they would have fucking invited me) and laughing at the "dino droppings" scene. I did a Joey Tribbiani and pretended to guffaw and know what the hell they were talking about. Sigh. I only saw a handful of movies in the theater growing up a poor Native American; Summer School, Major League, Lionheart, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Batman, Dick Tracy, a Short Circuit 2/Mac & Me two-fer at the dollar theater, but never fucking Jurassic Park. I miss out on many a theater going experiences in my life, forever regretting never seeing them. It wasn't until the Summer of 98 when I started my love of going to the movies. Sadly, The Lost World was the Summer previous, and seeing dinosaurs on the big-screen again passed me by. Yes, I saw Jurassic Park 3 in theaters, but fuck that shit; the T-Rex is the star of these movies, and some fucking Spinosaurus whose design is on par with the fucking Alien/Human hybrid in Alien: Resurrection, kill it?! Fuck. That. Needless to say, I am incredibly excited, 20 years after its original release, to see Jurassic Park on the big screen, and I'm fairly sure, I'll shed some belated tears of joy & amazement.
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3:09PM on 04/03/2013
I remember me and my Father going to see this when it came out. I wasn't one of those kids at 14 that was embarrassed to go with there parents. We both have a love for movies. Shit, we still go. After seeing this for the first time I fell in love with it. Once it came to the Cinema around the corner from my house, I went just about a dozen more times. To this day it is still one of my favorite movies. I would love to go see it again in the theaters but I just can't do 3D. By the time a 3D movie
I remember me and my Father going to see this when it came out. I wasn't one of those kids at 14 that was embarrassed to go with there parents. We both have a love for movies. Shit, we still go. After seeing this for the first time I fell in love with it. Once it came to the Cinema around the corner from my house, I went just about a dozen more times. To this day it is still one of my favorite movies. I would love to go see it again in the theaters but I just can't do 3D. By the time a 3D movie is over, my head is pounding and my eyes hurt like hell. I may consider it because its JP but any other 3D movie I just cant do.
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12:48PM on 04/03/2013
More excited to see this again (7th time in cinemas) than anything else out right now, that is until 42 comes out next week.
More excited to see this again (7th time in cinemas) than anything else out right now, that is until 42 comes out next week.
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4:15PM on 04/03/2013
Isnt 42 the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING??
Isnt 42 the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING??
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12:00PM on 04/03/2013

This and another.....

Transformers, Jurassic Park, T2.....were the last BIG Budget Blockbuster eat your popcorn and throw it all around the theater type movies I've seen!!! They had that something you always expect when you go out to see a movie, even if you haven't seen a movie with that EPIC feel in 10 years....but you just want a movie that excites you like that again!
I don't know what the recipe is for these movies but when you sit down in a packed movie theater on opening night (Transformers) and the place
Transformers, Jurassic Park, T2.....were the last BIG Budget Blockbuster eat your popcorn and throw it all around the theater type movies I've seen!!! They had that something you always expect when you go out to see a movie, even if you haven't seen a movie with that EPIC feel in 10 years....but you just want a movie that excites you like that again!
I don't know what the recipe is for these movies but when you sit down in a packed movie theater on opening night (Transformers) and the place has an electricity about it, you know your in for a real treat, maybe..jus cause you never know if it's not gonna live up to its hype. The great spirit of the audience will let you know, its like it's its very own entity...(a lot of its huh) Then you get to take a ride with the entire audience...its like a roller coaster ride, it really really is, because you and the whole audience experience all the ups and downs all at the same time, running in synchronicity with the movie your all so plugging engaged with. Its like the short version and not so spiritually moving as a rock n roll concert on acid...namely the Grateful Dead...some know what I'm talking about and few have ever taken the journey but it has a few similarities...very few but their there..lol. I think whats similar is that everyone's mind seems linked for a short period of time, drug free but still enjoyable..lol. A Dead show would just be that times 100 and you usually have a series of self discovery moments that are divine! Incredible! Beautiful...if you let you it. Yeah not even close to a dead show lol
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11:44AM on 04/03/2013

Loved JP but......

C'mon man!! I LOVED JP!! LOVED THE MOVIE!! Still do..its a great movie...The movie made me feel like I was on a ride in Disney [link]mon man!! C'mon...you doubt you'll see a better movie this summer??? Really? Just because its going to be in 3D? Especially this 3D we have out now...its dark, colors get washed out, and just so many more problems....and I'm talking about the movies that are actually filmed in 3D too(which are much better than the post 3D stuff) This movie is going to be
C'mon man!! I LOVED JP!! LOVED THE MOVIE!! Still do..its a great movie...The movie made me feel like I was on a ride in Disney [link]mon man!! C'mon...you doubt you'll see a better movie this summer??? Really? Just because its going to be in 3D? Especially this 3D we have out now...its dark, colors get washed out, and just so many more problems....and I'm talking about the movies that are actually filmed in 3D too(which are much better than the post 3D stuff) This movie is going to be converted!!
Now if it were anything like The Hobbits HFR 3D.....GET ME A TICKET!! That brought 3D to where it needs to be...yes it can use a little tweaking but I was so skeptical when I went to go see HFR for the first time until I actually saw it....I WAS BLOWN AWAY!! The Color was PERFECT! It wasn't dark at all! Just like watching Jurassic Park for the first time in the theaters I felt like I was on a Disney World Ride....but not only a Disney World Ride but the best Disney World ride I've ever been on in my entire life!! Mixed with a roller coaster playing Rock n Roll really really loud in my ears and solos right as I'm going into the loops!! hhmmm...AWESOME!!
So bring on HFR KILL regular 3D...unless its for a cartoon, that the only place where Real D works....Love to see a cartoon with HFR OMG!!
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11:39AM on 04/03/2013
I need to see this on the big screen again. Anyone know any cinemas playing it in London? I've checked Odeon and Vue websites and they are showing nothing.
I need to see this on the big screen again. Anyone know any cinemas playing it in London? I've checked Odeon and Vue websites and they are showing nothing.
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9:34AM on 04/03/2013
can't fucking wait.
can't fucking wait.
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8:13AM on 04/03/2013
More excited to see this than anything upcoming, which is saying a lot when some pretty awesome movies are on the horizon. Simply pumped for Jurassic Park, though.
More excited to see this than anything upcoming, which is saying a lot when some pretty awesome movies are on the horizon. Simply pumped for Jurassic Park, though.
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7:28AM on 04/03/2013
This review just put a big fat smile on my face. Not because it's a positive review, quite frankly, I was expecting that. It's because by reading, it brought a lot of good memories about the opening day 20 years ago. I was there with my cousins and the theater was packed. The joy, the thrills, the laughs, the awe. Nothing short of a masterpiece.
10/10
(Yes, I'll catch this in 3D for surte!)
This review just put a big fat smile on my face. Not because it's a positive review, quite frankly, I was expecting that. It's because by reading, it brought a lot of good memories about the opening day 20 years ago. I was there with my cousins and the theater was packed. The joy, the thrills, the laughs, the awe. Nothing short of a masterpiece.
10/10
(Yes, I'll catch this in 3D for surte!)
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6:53AM on 04/03/2013
So why the 9/10. This needs to stop. Not one bad thing was listed. Unless I missed something. I understand the "10/10" rating is reserved for the elite (like Jurassic Park),but if you're not going to list what is wrong with the movie give it the ten. .
So why the 9/10. This needs to stop. Not one bad thing was listed. Unless I missed something. I understand the "10/10" rating is reserved for the elite (like Jurassic Park),but if you're not going to list what is wrong with the movie give it the ten. .
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7:55AM on 04/03/2013
when the best thing you can say about a 3D conversion is the rain looked cool, while criticising the CG as blurry and the conversion as"incidental", in a 3D film that warrants a loss of a point.
when the best thing you can say about a 3D conversion is the rain looked cool, while criticising the CG as blurry and the conversion as"incidental", in a 3D film that warrants a loss of a point.
5:53PM on 04/03/2013
Isn't it obvious what is wrong with the film???

There's no cut away to Seinfeld saying "Newman" when he is stealing the vile.
Isn't it obvious what is wrong with the film???

There's no cut away to Seinfeld saying "Newman" when he is stealing the vile.
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5:45AM on 04/03/2013
Wonderful movie, and the fact that this was released the same year as Schindler's List is proof enough that Spielberg is among the greatest of all times.
Wonderful movie, and the fact that this was released the same year as Schindler's List is proof enough that Spielberg is among the greatest of all times.
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5:05AM on 04/03/2013
Excellent news for me: My local cinemas are showing it in regular 2D. I may just break my theater fast that has been going on since July 2011.
Excellent news for me: My local cinemas are showing it in regular 2D. I may just break my theater fast that has been going on since July 2011.
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3:55AM on 04/03/2013
Get ready to feel like a kid again! Seeing the trailer in 3D nearly brought me to tears, I wonder what effect seeing the whole thing will have on me.
Get ready to feel like a kid again! Seeing the trailer in 3D nearly brought me to tears, I wonder what effect seeing the whole thing will have on me.
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3:29AM on 04/03/2013
I'm 27 years old, and at the time of it's first release, my parents forbid me to see this. I will be forgiving them soon, but after I fight back the tear of awe that will roll down my cheek from finally - finally being able to see this masterpiece on the big screen.
I'm 27 years old, and at the time of it's first release, my parents forbid me to see this. I will be forgiving them soon, but after I fight back the tear of awe that will roll down my cheek from finally - finally being able to see this masterpiece on the big screen.
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1:40AM on 04/03/2013
I've seen this film several dozen times, including my experience as a kid in the theater. I want to go partly just to experience this in theater again. There really is nothing like seeing this film on a massive screen. The 3D to me matters very little, I'm really just interested in reliving the experience I had with this film once before.
I've seen this film several dozen times, including my experience as a kid in the theater. I want to go partly just to experience this in theater again. There really is nothing like seeing this film on a massive screen. The 3D to me matters very little, I'm really just interested in reliving the experience I had with this film once before.
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1:35AM on 04/03/2013
As if my avatar is any indication I agree 100% that the 3D is irrelevant. It is so exhilarating and wonderful just seeing tv spots for this film. This truly is a special moment in cinema to get to revisit this in wide-spread theaters. I have gotten the chance to view this film both at Red Rocks Amphitheater and in a midnight movie kind of deal and you're exactly right, those roars rattle your bones and it's a beautiful, beautiful thing.
As if my avatar is any indication I agree 100% that the 3D is irrelevant. It is so exhilarating and wonderful just seeing tv spots for this film. This truly is a special moment in cinema to get to revisit this in wide-spread theaters. I have gotten the chance to view this film both at Red Rocks Amphitheater and in a midnight movie kind of deal and you're exactly right, those roars rattle your bones and it's a beautiful, beautiful thing.
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