Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) is known as a classic of its era, and like most true classics, at least in my opinion, this movie has aged like bourbon. Rather than being the slick and new film it was in 1993, Jurassic Park is now a fine example of a smoky yet smooth experience for any evening.
As a quick summary, the film is about a team of scientists being brought of their own free will to a wildlife preserve off the coast of Costa Rica. The island has had its fauna reworked to include an entire ecosystem of, you guessed it, dinosaurs. From Triceratops to Velociraptors, the island’s purpose is to be a zoo with a view into the past. However, first it needs to be cleared by a team of scientists to legitimize the safety of the park. The cast stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L. Jackson.
The main draw nowadays with Jurassic Park is how beautifully filmed it is. It can even stand today with the best of any recent film, often even surpassing them. The dinosaurs look amazing for 1993, so there’s no need to worry about 1963 Godzilla-esque puppeteer work, these dinos still have bite. The score was beautifully crafted by none other than John Williams and the main theme brings a bubbling sense of adventure inside any viewer. In addition, the film is also extremely memorable for all of the right reasons, including its ability to be so easily empathized with. Who couldn’t forget the T-Rex scene feeding the Brontosaurus, or even how real Jeff Goldblum looks?
Jurassic Park stands out from your typical fantasy story due to the fact that the film isn’t seated in the presence of dinosaurs, but rather in the reactions of the people who are genuinely surprised to be seeing them. Unlike its so-so subsequent sequels, the original Jurassic Park nails the ‘giant monster’ subgenre (not that the dinosaurs are typical ‘monsters’) by keeping the spotlight on the very fearful actors. The name might be Jurassic Park, but the film focuses on the human element, and is a huge recommendation for anyone who is looking for the perfect film and a bowl of popcorn to pair it with.