Director: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Michael Crichton, Devid Koepp
Weapon of Choice: Teeth
Based upon: novel - Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
Other movies in this series:
The Lost World: Jurassic Park II
Jurassic Park III
Rish Outfield's reviews
When the site was first begun, one of the movies we promised/threatened to review was Jurassic Park, knowing it would cause people to hate us. Now, years later, it doesn't seem like such a big deal. After all, I was the one who pushed (nay, demanded) that we include Michael Jackson's Thriller.
I will say little about the plot. It's such a well-known movie, it hardly needs any introduction. I will say, though, that I love Jurassic Park. With this film, Steven Spielberg earned forgiveness for Hook. Like every male child, I've been fascinated by dinosaurs since birth, and seeing "real live" dinosaurs in this movie captures my imagination and youthful sense of wonder. It has something of a classic, old time movie feel, like maybe it should have Cecil B. Demille or Radio Keith Orpheum's name on it. The acting isn't all badľ-and some of the players have Horror backgrounds (Sam Neill in The Final Conflict, Jeff Goldblum in The Fly, Samuel L. Jackson in Def By Temptation, and of course, Richard Attenborough in Gandhi).
Spielberg's Jaws, and Lucas's Star Wars get a lot of flak for ushering in the blockbuster era and the popcorn movie mentality. Personally, I'm grateful. I love feel-good audience-pleasers with humable soundtracks. And the naysayers who bewail the loss of thoughtful, dull message-oriented Art can still go see whatever Fox Searchlight, Screen Gems, and Fine Line decides to release. But think of what nasties THIS helped usher into the world (and I'm not just talking Carnosaur here).
The special effects are already a bit dated in some parts, but it doesn't distract from the film. It's still amazing work, whose influence forever changed filmmaking. Computer-generated imagery helped bring some amazing new visions to the screen (although none more amazing as this one), and also helped lazy filmmakers put their unimaginative visions onscreen. But I prefer to fault those "artists" and not the trendsetter that made it so easy for them.
Well-made or not, it's SO slow at the beginning, I'm wondering if I could've stood it as a kid. Ultimately, though, it's a cool movie, and one of my favourites.
Best Scare: Those velociraptors are just mean!
Note: Though Mister L. Jackson had already appeared in Jungle Fever and Do the Right Thing when this came out, they don't count. Why? Because I say they don't.
Total Skulls: 16
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears||Samuel L. Jackson|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Warning goes unheeded|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|x years before/later|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood hits camera|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|