As it was, my anticipation had reached such fever pitch that I actually rushed out and bought a copy of Michael Crichton's book to read before the movie was released. And I loved it. The main problem was, I think, that I enjoyed the book so much that in my 16 year old mind, there was no way that the movie could live up to it. The book was actually quite dark and violent in certain places, but the movie was rated PG and directed by Steven Spielberg. My most enduring memories of when I eventually did go to see it back in 1993 are of being disappointed that the ending was less action packed than the book, and badly needing a piss after drinking a large Coca Cola earlier on, but then not wanting to leave my seat and miss any of the special effects. I didn't get to see it again for a while after that (back in those days you usually had to wait several months for movies to be released on VHS) so for a long time I felt pretty deflated. I knew however that I'd completely over-hyped things in my head, so when the time came for me to sit and watch Jurassic Park again, I did it with an open mind and found myself really falling in love with it. And watching it again, now, I honestly think it's a movie that's aged extremely well too.
|I ain't 'fraid of no 'raptor!|
|Velociraptors turned into birds. No, really.|
|A smile you'd just love to put a boot through|
Back outside at the velociraptor enclosure, we see Muldoon again, and he explains just how dangerous the raptors are to Grant...he talks about how fast they are and how they've been displaying basic problem solving skills...apparently, they originally bred 8 but then they introduced 'the big one' into the pack and she killed all but 2 of the others. Yikes. Muldoon thinks that they should all be destroyed, but where would the fun in that be?
|Whoa! Dinosaurs! Awesome!|
|Royale with cheese!|
|Poor triceratops :(|
|You got a problem, motherfucker?|
|'Ah ha ha! You didn't say the magic word!'|
|Mmmm. Tastes like chicken!|
|Just what the hell is he doing?!?|
|Om nom nom!|
|Not a good time to be hanging around...|
But Nedry is out trying to find the East Docks and meet his Biosyn contact. Still lost and disorientated in the dark and heavy rain, he goes offroad and gets his jeep stuck at the top of a small waterfall, and whilst trying to free his vehicle he has an encounter with a dilophosaurus. This does not end well for Dennis, who finally gets what's coming to him. He even manages to lose the shaving foam can in the struggle, which ends up buried in mud, never to be found....
|Come back with my lunch!|
|I ate their ice cream with a nice chianti|
|Hello, ladies! Come...to Dr. Malcolm|
|I've got a big gun, and I aint afraid to use it|
|Hey! I'm over here, dumbass!|
|Come on out! We won't bite!|
|Ooh, yeah...right there! That hits the spot!|
After firing a couple of shotgun blasts off at the raptor (and completely missing it) Alan, Ellie and the kids climb into the ventilation system to escape, and end up back in the main foyer of the Visitor's Centre, where the remaining 2 raptors attack again from both sides. Just as things are starting to look really bad, here comes the fucking T-Rex again as well! Seriously. This thing has a whole island to explore, but it never seems to be any more than a minute away from the people at any given time. Luckily, the T-Rex doesn't seem to like the raptors much and swiftly attacks and kills them, inadvertently rescuing Alan, Ellie and the kids in the process who escape in the confusion. The last shot we see of the T-Rex is of it standing tall in the Visitor's Centre, with a banner saying 'When dinosaurs ruled the earth' draped around it. It's a really fitting way to leave things, as the T-Rex now pretty much rules what's left of Jurassic Park. After one last sad look back at the island, and finally realising the error of his ways, Hammond gets onto the escape helicopter with the others and Grant stares out of the window at birds peacefully flying by, presumably wondering if his evolution theories have been correct after all. The main Jurassic Park theme plays us out as the credits start to roll.
|It's all mine now!|
The Summary: So what can be said about Jurassic Park? Sure, if you take the plot purely at face value, it does have it's inconsistencies and some of the stuff it presents as scientific fact is pretty much ludicrous. There's a whole group of people who seem to have been completely forgotten about later in the movie....all the Ingen scientists who were first seen in the lab at the start of Hammond's tour and the park ranger Ellie spoke to nearby the triceratops....what happened to them? Did they just knock off from work early and go back to the mainland? Did the T-Rex or velociraptors massacre them? How did Lex know how to navigate a system that she'd never seen before and pull out the correct files, even if her hacking skills are that damn good? Why the hell would you kill off Samuel L motherfuckin' Jackson anyway? But it builds up towards the action at just the right pace, and when the main action sequences do kick in, they're a blast. Even over 20 years later, the effects still look great and the performances from all of the main stars are pretty convincing...there's a few interesting personal journeys going on, with the likes of Alan Grant going from child hating douche to reasonably likeable hero, Ian Malcolm changing from cocky know-it-all mathematician to the voice of reason, and Donald Gennaro just becoming an even bigger twat than he started off as. Special mention too has to go to the John Williams soundtrack and the main theme...it's fantastic, fits every scene perfectly and really captures the mood and sense of wonder that Spielberg was trying to convey.
I still don't know quite why it didn't really capture my imagination so much when it was on the big screen (I still mostly blame the book) but it's definitely become one of my favourite movies over the last couple of decades, and I seem to enjoy it that bit more every time I revisit it, and it's a testament to it's legacy that it's already spawned 2 sequels with a fourth movie on the way. Hopefully it won't be too much of a letdown, but even if it is, then we'll always at least still have this to go back to.
TromaDogg's Final Verdict: 9/10