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June 25, 2018

Jurassic Park (1993) --- "The Greatest Discovery Of Our Time Becomes The An Adventure 65 Million Years In The Making...Life Always Finds A Way."

Plot Summary
In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     I have always enjoyed dinosaurs, mythical creatures, and even lizards. Not enough to make a career out of it but I do love collecting 2-inch tall figurines. So there is no question that I instantly fell in love with this film. Jurassic Park (1993) is an undisputed adventurous masterpiece of creative imagination and breathtaking science fiction. After 25 years, Jurassic Park is still widely regarded as one of the greatest cinematic achievements we have ever seen.  Like a bottle of wine, this film only gets better with time and very few films are capable of achieving that level of success.

     The film’s story is based on the novel, of the same name, by Michael Crichton, the screenplay was co-adapted by David Keopp (Inferno; Mummy), while Steven Spielberg has masterfully created a film that manages to combine awe-inspiring wonder with thrilling and terror-filled action sequences that could give anyone goosebumps. Steven Spielberg has proven time and time again why he is one of the best directors/producers/writers in the film industry. He has crafted numerous films that have received positive praise like Jaws (1975), E.T. (1982), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List (1993), Lincoln (2012), Ready Player One (2018), etc. Spielberg has an inherent cinematic vision that appeals to audiences of all ages and once again Spielberg succeeds in bringing audiences on an unforgettable journey that holds enough substance to be permanently etched into our memories. The story provides a thought-provoking explanation of mankind’s interference with nature and the biology of species.
     Aside from the film’s incredible story, Jurassic Park also opened the door to a new level of possibilities with computer effects. It is amazing to see the achievements we have made in special effects and while the effects here are a bit dated, the dinosaurs still look beautiful. By combining computer-generated effects and animatronics figures gives the Dinosaurs realism. In terms of the technical aspects, the set designs (Rick Carter - Avatar; Lincoln) (Jackie Carr - Species; Taxi) is impressive and the cinematography (Dean Cundley - Apollo 13) is stunning, we could not have asked more. The sound effects make the dinosaurs feel even more real, while the music by John Williams (Star Wars) is fantastic and unforgettable. To this day the Jurassic Park theme song is still one of the most iconic pieces of music. Like Spielberg, Williams has a gift for taking the audience on a journey where even the impossible becomes possible. In a way, he narrates the film and gives room for the audience to feel the emotion within each scene.
The acting was great and the characters were memorable. No one could have portrayed Dr. Alan Grant better than Sam Neill (Freedom Flight), Laura Dern (The Last Jedi) was beautiful as Ellie, while Richard Attenborough (Elizabeth) as Hammond and Martin Ferrero (Air Bud 3) as Generro were likable. Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is funny as Ian Malcolm and despite being out of his element on the island I am glad he was not a whiny-know-it-all. Ariana Richards (Jurassic Park: The Lost World) and Joseph Mazzello (Bohemian Rhapsody) were great as the kids Lex and Tim Murphy.

Overall, Jurassic Park (1993) is a timeless classic and wonderful blend of sci-fi and adventure. Helmed by the incredible Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park is one of the most influential films of all time as it helped turn a generation of moviegoers into dinosaur fans, not to mention its special effects make it one of the greatest achievements in cinematic history. This remains true even 25 years later. The story is incredibly thought-provoking, the cinematography is stunning, the set designs are impressive, and the acting is amazing. I highly recommend this film to everyone as a must watch film.

"Must go faster."
- Dr. Ian Malcolm [while being chased by the T-Rex] 

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  8 of 10 stars
Worth Buying:  8 of 10 stars

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