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mich_izzle 27-08-2012 22:50

Jurassic Park
 
Just watched this delightful, entertaining thriller last night and I now feel nostalgic. The movie came out when I was a mere 3 year old and after being brought to watch it at the cinema with my parents it had a strong effect on me. The dinosaurs terrified me as a child, the one scene sticking in my head being the raptors hunting for the children in the kitchen. I have to say no dinosaur movie has managed to top this film. The actors are magnificent, the storyline is flawless and the dinosaurs were a new generation of special effects in film. The first scene where we see the long necked dinosaurs with the tear-jerking musical composition in the background remain with me forever, leading to the famous quote "Welcome to Jurassic Park"

What are other peoples thoughts on the film? Your reaction/memory of watching it for the very first time :)

Big Boy Barry 27-08-2012 23:02

Big Boy Barry's favourite movie.

SFX still hold up today. Casting is perfect. Characters are awesome.

thats_racist 27-08-2012 23:18

I remember being taken to the cinema to see this (I was 10) and having all the toys bought for me that Christmas.

It still stands up today, the effects are still impressive and it has the perfect mix of action, suspense and comedy. I enjoyed the sequels to a lesser extent, and I'm looking forward to the fourth installment.

My nephew who is 4 is a huge JP fan so when I bought the Blu box set I passed my DVDs onto him. :D

Kine 28-08-2012 00:08

I think it's a great film.

Though I was a lot older than you mich_izzle when I first saw it, the kitchen scene was scarey.

I love the Jeff Goldblum line in the sequel.

'Ooh' 'Ahh' that's how it starts, but then there's running and screaming

killthedirector 28-08-2012 00:34

Love this film. Easily in my top 5. Have read the book since and although there are huge changes the film stands out on its own.

The SFX still look great today. The balance of CGI and real effects is well done. Still get goosebumps when I see the water ripple.

November_Rain 28-08-2012 02:55

One of my favourite childhood films, and still one of my favourite films now. :)

I can hardly remember the sequels though.

dee123 28-08-2012 03:44

I would love if (and that's a big if) they did a 4th one to get characters back from the first three films. Julianne Moore would probably say no but everyone one else who survived. Do people even remember Vince Vaughn was in The Lost World for example?

Big Boy Barry 28-08-2012 06:39

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Originally Posted by dee123 (Post 60730865)
I would love if (and that's a big if) they did a 4th one to get characters back from the first three films. Julianne Moore would probably say no but everyone one else who survived. Do people even remember Vince Vaughn was in The Lost World for example?

Moore and Vaughn's characters were awful. They basically caused most of the deaths in "The Lost World", including one of their own guys

rumpleteazer 28-08-2012 09:37

Brilliant movie. I remember after I first saw it as a child, I couldn't sleep that night, I was terrified of being attacked by a dinosaur in my room (ah to be young and stupid again :D). Luckily one of my walls was mirrored wardrobes so I could face them and be able to see in front and behind my bed at the same time :o. I went through the same thing after Jaws and Alien. Nothing my parents could say would convince me I was safe from dinosaur/great white shark/alien attack those nights :p

Lawro2 28-08-2012 14:43

Jaws scared the living sh!t out of me, even scared to go to bathroom after watching that.

Saw Jurassic Park when I was older so it didn't scare me one bit but I do wonder if it would have had the same Jaws effect on me if I watched it when I was a kid.

Dai13371 28-08-2012 16:04

Still cant get past the plot hole of having the power switch in a bunker on the other side of the raptor paddock (as for raptors, recent research suggests they were feathered and far smaller than their Hollywood cousins) thus meaning humans had to go through the paddock to switch the power back on. I suppose putting the power bunker underneath the cafeteria for instance would have been stupid in the extreme so I'll shut up.

Big Boy Barry 28-08-2012 17:29

It would also have helped if the control/visitors centre was close to the docks, so if anything went wrong, they could escape easily, rather than having to drive through the entire park.

stvn758 28-08-2012 17:48

Just imagine how good it might have been if Spielberg wasn't such a family oriented Director. Imagine if James Cameron made it. Great at the time - the T Rex arrival was amazing but after all these years the obvious dialogue explaining everything and the limited story start to make it a little dull.

Big Boy Barry 28-08-2012 17:53

Cameron wouldn't have improved JP

Addisonian 29-08-2012 18:58

Still one of my favourites. It's amazing to think that this film is almost 20 years old. The CGI effects are still outstanding and much better than in some more recent films.

bazzaroo 29-08-2012 19:12

Fabulous film, being a huge Michael Crichton fan i'd read the book before seeing the film and wondered how it would translate to a family orientated blockbuster. Needless to say Spielberg produced a groundbreaking cinematic experience, the first sight of the dinosaurs is still my biggest WOW moment after years of cinema going.

fastest finger 29-08-2012 19:23

Jurassic Park will be back In cinemas in 3D next summer. :cool:

f_196 29-08-2012 19:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dai13371 (Post 60738570)
Still cant get past the plot hole of having the power switch in a bunker on the other side of the raptor paddock (as for raptors, recent research suggests they were feathered and far smaller than their Hollywood cousins) thus meaning humans had to go through the paddock to switch the power back on. I suppose putting the power bunker underneath the cafeteria for instance would have been stupid in the extreme so I'll shut up.

On the contrary, going to a cupboard in the next room to turn the power back on doesnt do much for the drama.

I'd say it's more dramatic licence that the bunkers were situated where they were. It's an action adventure film afterall.

lala 29-08-2012 19:42

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Originally Posted by fastest finger (Post 60766662)
Jurassic Park will be back In cinemas in 3D next summer. :cool:

URGH. Can't they just leave our favourite movies alone without 3D-izing it?

I've got the blu-ray anyways... So that'll suit me fine. Watching it the way it was originally intended.

Big Boy Barry 29-08-2012 22:41

God creates dinosaurs.....god destroys dinosaurs....god creates man.....man destroys god.....man creates dinosaurs.


Dinosaurs......eat man.......woman inherits the Earth.

designer84 29-08-2012 23:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dai13371 (Post 60738570)
Still cant get past the plot hole of having the power switch in a bunker on the other side of the raptor paddock (as for raptors, recent research suggests they were feathered and far smaller than their Hollywood cousins) thus meaning humans had to go through the paddock to switch the power back on. I suppose putting the power bunker underneath the cafeteria for instance would have been stupid in the extreme so I'll shut up.

Its been known for years that Raptors were roughly the size of Chickens or Turkeys and possibly had feathers... But from what I understand, the Raptors were based more on Deinonychus which was a larger relative.. Yes I am that much of a geek! lol.. I was 9 when the film came out and it is still one of my most favourite films ever :D

projectmayhem00 29-08-2012 23:52

Always had nightmares about that kitchen scene! Never hid in the kitchen cupboards during Hide and Seek again after that!

Alrightmate 30-08-2012 06:08

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Originally Posted by killthedirector (Post 60728711)
Love this film. Easily in my top 5. Have read the book since and although there are huge changes the film stands out on its own.

The SFX still look great today. The balance of CGI and real effects is well done. Still get goosebumps when I see the water ripple.

I agree with your comment about the special effects.
Some people are saying that the effects still hold up today. I say that's underselling them as I think they're superior to most effects today as they appear to blend in rather naturally.

The raptors in the kitchen scene is one of the best uses of special effects I've ever seen in any film.
Probably one of the most memorable set piece scenes in recent film history.

The film itself? Pretty good. I've seen many films I'd say were much better. But as entertainment fare it's a good watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

It's the set pieces and the way in which special effects are used though which I think raise this film far above most of the special effects action films of even today.

Big Boy Barry 31-08-2012 10:19

Jurassic Park can get away with scientific inaccuracy in the appearance of dinosaurs since it's established in the book and film series that the dinosaurs are basically imperfect hybridised reconstructions rather than exact replicas of real ones.

Dai13371 31-08-2012 14:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by f_196 (Post 60766851)
On the contrary, going to a cupboard in the next room to turn the power back on doesnt do much for the drama.

I'd say it's more dramatic licence that the bunkers were situated where they were. It's an action adventure film afterall.

Oh absolutely right there, but I find it does detract from the film somewhat that nobody at all during the planning stage of the park, or indeed those actually in the film thought , stupid bloody place to put a power switch.

Too fussy that's my problem.


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