Jurassic Park 3D – Review (Spoiler Free)

jurassic-park-3d-posterWhatever your stance on 3D, you owe it to yourself to revisit Jurassic Park on the big screen – it is spectacular.

All arguments for and against 3D conversions do not matter once you find yourself back on that island. The moment that the T-Rex roars and blisters your eardrums, when you see the brachiosaurus for the first time, and whenever John Williams’ tremendous score starts up – you know that what you’re watching is pure cinema.

Having said that, the 3D conversion here is incredibly well done, in fact it’s the best conversion that I’ve seen. Despite the film not having been shot with 3D in mind, it is an excellent example of when and how to use the technology; the depth of some of the shots is impressive but not distracting, it doesn’t feel gimmicky or purely like the cash-in that it undoubtedly is, and it really does make the film that little bit more immersive and involving. Plus, you really haven’t seen Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs at their best until you’ve seen them spread across an IMAX screen, in 3D, and with a sound system that will knock you back into your seat.

Jurrasic Park T-Rex

Amongst the cast Jeff Goldblum is undoubtedly the highlight as he steals every scene that he is in. He delivers the film’s comic relief with expert control, whilst also managing to remain an engaging character. Sam Neill and Laura Dern give acceptable performances, with Dern discreetly being responsible for a lot of the film’s heart. And Richard Attenborough does a good job presenting us with the alternatively sympathetic and troubling figure who builds the park in the first place. The cast, whilst undoubtedly overshadowed somewhat by their prehistoric costars, all feel relevant and important to the film, and are actually given enough time to make an impression before the mayhem begins. We actually care about the characters here, as the movie takes its time to build up to the inevitable carnage that we all know is coming. I have to wonder whether the film would be allowed to be plotted in such a way as this were it released today – I somehow suspect not, and that’s a real shame.

Ultimately Jurassic Park is what cinema is all about; it’s a film that draws you in with an incredible world, likeable characters, and which has a mixture of wonder, thrills and emotion so as to make it perfect for the big screen. There are few blockbusters which can truly stand the test of time, let alone be actually improved my modern day technology, but make no mistake Jurassic Park is certainly one of them. This is a movie that only fully comes to life when it’s on the big screen, and when you see it like that, it’s incredible.

Summary:

What is the film’s greatest strength?
The fact that the mixture of CGI, animatronics, and men in suits still holds up today, twenty years after the film was made. There’s only one moment when you really question them, and the fact is that a lot of the time they look far more realistic than the CGI creations that we are presented with today.

Its greatest weakness?
That Samuel L. Jackson is never given the chance to scream at someone – he’s at his best when he’s angry.

Would I see it again?
Are you kidding?? I would make seeing Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D an annual treat if I could. It was one of my all time favourite cinematic experiences.

Thanks for reading, knock out your thoughts in the comment box below!

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20 comments

  1. The 3D didn’t need to happen, but I was just happy enough to get a chance to see it on the big screen that I didn’t care after awhile. I just had a great time! Good review Rumsey.

    1. I really liked the use of 3D here in fact, it for me made a near perfect film experience even better! I can appreciate though that for a lot of people it wasn’t a justified update.

      It’s ridiculous how much of a good time I had with this one – I only hope that I get another chance to see it on the big screen in a few years time!
      Thanks buddy!

  2. I really wish I didn’t miss this in theaters. I was hoping more for a re-release IMAX wise instead of the 3D, but like you said, on the big screen is where you need to see it. I’ll catch it in another ten years lol.

    1. I really hope you do get a chance at some point Nick, it was fantastic! Hopefully it may be somewhat sooner than ten years 😛

  3. Nice review man. I remember seeing this first time round and I’d love to see it again on the big screen, which is definitely where it deserves to be watched.

    1. Cheers, oh it certainly does belong up there! I hope you do get a chance to catch this at some point.

  4. I watched this back in April with my kids. They equally enjoyed it along with my reliving it!

    1. I’m glad to hear it! It’s truly a fantastic film and I think it’s pretty much suited to all ages, except perhaps the very young!

    1. It’s awesome!!!

  5. Nice review. Didn’t see the 3D restoration, but I’ve always enjoyed Jurassic Park. The characters are underwritten, but the special effects are amazing and have aged surprisingly well.

    1. Thank you, the restoration is superb here. It’s seriously impressive. The characters are perhaps a little underwritten, but we care about them when the shit hits the fan and that’s good enough for me with this kind of movie.

  6. I didn’t go to the theater to see this but I rewatched my Blu-ray recently and it’s still as good as the first time I saw it.

    1. I know, it’s amazing how well it, and the special effects hold up! If they release it again in cinemas at some point over the next few years then I strongly recommend that you go Ruth, it’s fantastic!

  7. I actually saw this one a couple of days ago in 4D and it was THE BOMB! I diddn’t remember anything about the movie, because I watched it when I was very little, but I absolutely feel in love with it this time. Such a fun, pretty much perfect movie.

    1. Aw Man! What an environment to rediscover this movie in! It’s so fantastic isn’t it?!

      1. Yes! One of the best cinematic experiences I’ve ever had. Without the shaking seats, and the wind and all that stuff I would’ve still loved the movie, but it certainly made me enjoy it more. Had a lot of fun!

        1. Yeah it’s a classic movie that you really cannot go wrong with! I’ll happily see it in 2D, 3D, or 4D!

          1. I want to go again!

          2. I don’t blame you!

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