June 11, 1993. That was the day Steven Spielberg released, in my opinion, his crowning achievement: Jurassic Park.
Jaws, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan… they’re all fantastic movies, but the first Jurassic Park movie is without question, his best work. The effects used to bring the dinosaurs to life not only ranked as the best of the time but now, 20 years later, they are still a sight to behold. The dinosaurs actually feel real, and at no time do they look like they’re robots or computer generated. Now, with the addition of 3D, a whole new generation can enjoy the movie and it looks better than ever!
Let me just say that while I’m not a huge fan of 3D movies, I don’t think it’s a terrible idea either. Honestly, I could just take it or leave it. When Hollywood started re-releasing older movies in the 3D format, there was only one movie I hoped got the updated treatment, and that was this film. So when I heard this was coming out, I was genuinely excited, but then a lot of the updated movies that came later were less than fantastic in their conversion. Most of them seemed to be nothing more than an attempt to grab a few extra bucks from moviegoers. The movies themselves were still great, but the 3D was, at best, merely adequate. Now, with Jurassic Park looking better today than ever, I hope the Hollywood suits take notice and spend the time and effort to make sure these 3D upgrades are done right.
As for the movie itself, there’s not much else to say. Chances are, if you’re reading this review, you already know how wonderful it is. It is the type of movie that is so entertaining that you can overlook the various flaws. Hopefully, with JP4 coming out in 2014, they can improve on the 2nd and, to a lesser extent, 3rd chapters and give a new group of people a movie they can love and recommend to future generations.