For as long as I can remember, Jurassic Park has been in my top five favourite films of all time. As a kid, I would fill my weekends re-watching the VHS in my room while my friends played outside- they could never understand what they were missing. But, of course, in growing up, I lost touch with the film; though, buying the trilogy on DVD has reignited my flame.
Recently, I’ve grown into a slightly more mature gentlemen and, with my ex-film student training, film-making experience and the continual growth of my film knowledge, my Jurassic Park experience has gone up almost one-hundred-percent, compared to my lonely adolescent days in a dark room.
After re-watching the film recently after so many years, it did something unexpected- this film has been propelled into a stratosphere of awesomeness that I cannot truly comprehend. But I can now fully understand, respect and enjoy what this film gives to its audience, and what that happens to be is probably one of the best films ever made.
This may be an exaggeration, but think about it: think about 1993. CGI technology was still very limited, green screen and keying had not yet been perfected and animatronics was on its way out while still being in its infantile stage. Steven Spielberg had already seemingly pulled off the impossible with Jaws and E.T but, fuck… when that T-Rex breaks out of that fence, shit gets absolutely real. To this day, I dare anyone to find a CGI wrong-doing in Jurassic Park.
The action and intensity still chills you to the bone; Jeff Goldblum has one of his most iconic roles as chaotician, mathematician and all-round eccentric, Dr. Ian Malcolm. Throw in Sam Neill with a breakthrough performance and David Attenborough’s older brother Richard, a charming and intelligent man- although his character is quite close to a senile child in a playground- which is touched upon constantly in the narrative. And hey, the child actors don’t piss you off, either!
Since its release, Jurassic Park has made almost one billion dollars worldwide- that is a testament to story-telling. The narrative is a crash course in how to infuse action, comedy and suspense for both adults and parents (remember, this is a kid’s film, a statement I have trouble reminding myself of.) I recommend experiencing this film again; let it take you back, let it reveal more to you as an adult as it could have ever done as a kid.
Words: Matthew Cohen
Insider Events and The Astor Theatre have spared no expense: don’t miss this STRICTLY LIMITED chance to see Jurassic Park back on the big screen with and be the first to own Jurassic Park on smooth Blu-Ray with giveaways on the night.
Tickets are available at Moshtix, 1300 GET TIX (438 849), Moshtix on your mobile and all Moshtix outlets, including Polyester Records and Greville Records.
Jurassic Park Blu-Ray Launch
Tuesday October 25, 7:30pm
The Astor Theatre, St Kilda, Victoria