It felt like just yesterday when I was sitting in the theater for the re-release of “Jurassic Park”(with the addition of 3D). Although I’d lost count how many times I’ve seen it, it was the first time experiencing it in a theater. Being on such a grand scale I really felt like I was taken back to its initial release, what is now 25 years ago. There’s no denying that “Jurassic Park” is my favorite film of all time, and with the 25th anniversary here it felt like the perfect opportunity to look back and admire.
The film has always been considered a blockbuster smash due to its staggering visual effects, lovable characters and true moments of suspense; however there is one aspect that I always gravitated towards. Much like the book written by Michael Crichton, the movie’s underlying theme of the chaos theory is what drives the narrative. One of my favorite scenes is when Jeff Goldblum’s character Dr. Ian Malcolm debates the decision to create life, for he believes it’s an abuse of power by those blinded by greed. The dialogue is very simple yet packs a punch to screenplay nerds, as you get a full understanding on Malcolm’s moral identity in such a quick moment. Malcolm’s ideals are fleshed out more when he briefly demonstrates an example of chaos to Dr. Ellie Sattler(Laura Dern), which later is displayed in full force by nature in a much more dramatic fashion. Though just about every character is written and portrayed seamlessly, Malcolm has always been my favorite. When he’s not using rhetoric to warn others about the lack of humility for nature, his charm and comedic presence only can put a smile on your face- cementing Goldblum’s character as an cinematic icon and Goldblum himself as a national treasure.
Whether they’re moving in herds or attacking guests, the dinosaurs still mesmerize me. Majority of the visual effects hold up to the standards of today; a feat made possible with the combination of CGI and Stan Winston’s jaw-dropping animatronics. At the time CGI was used several decades prior, but the implementation and crossbreeding of classic clay animators and stop motion to create fluid motion for the creatures is what made the movement look so realistic. Even when disregarding the visuals, the dinosaurs had a large impact on me. Like most children, the fascination with dinosaurs only grew when watching “Jurassic Park”. I can still remember vividly screaming in my bedroom as I heard the booming roar of the trex when it escaped its enclosure in a heavy rain storm- thanks to my Dad’s surround sound coming from the other room. I quickly grew out of the terrified phase and began to admire the dinosaurs as real beings. The obsession really began once my collection of action figures, vehicles and dinosaurs from the series grew. Now as an adult, I regret giving the toys away as they were memories of my childhood; which may also be a reasoning for my high regards to the film today, as I’m one of many who love the film for the nostalgia that arises when watching it.
It’s impact lives on 25 years later thanks to the talented individuals both onscreen and behind the scenes- just ask anyone to sing John Williams’s iconic theme. “Jurassic Park” is more than just a kickstart for a blockbuster franchise, but a film that had us feeling similar to Sattler and Grant when they witnessed the brachiosaurus; their responsibilities and troubles diminished briefly as they gazed upon something truly grand.