Flicks From The Past!

Jurassic Park

Running away from dinosaurs...

Written By: Michaela Clement-Haynes

Date: 1st June, 2015

Man and dinosaur never walked the earth at the same time - let's face it, dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago and man is relatively new to the planet. Yet man likes to mess with nature and try to recreate things that should just be left alone.

But it's this curiosity that makes man unique. Man has a desire, a thirst to know everything about everything - no matter what the consequences.

John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) is no different. He wants to understand more about the past, in the present. Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill) on the other hand likes his dinosaurs where they belong - in the past and preferably fossilised.

However, when Hammond shows up at his latest dig with a proposition to inspect his new theme park, his curiosity gets the better of him. Because who wouldn't want to see real live dinosaurs?

Of course, an island full of giant lizards is an accident waiting to happen and with employee Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) trying to make some money by stealing and selling dinosaur embryos, they're all doomed. Throw a power failure, escaped dinosaurs and some children (Hammond's two grandchildren) into the mix and it all becomes a little bit too realistic and downright scary. So scary in fact that my mum wouldn't let me see it when it came out because she found the missing goat and the T-Rex a bit too realistic!

There are lots of excellent actors in this film and Samuel L. Jackson, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum all make an appearance, with perfect characterisation from each. Bob Peck stands out as a wry comedian, his admiration for the velociraptors staying true to the very end when they trap him and he remarks "Clever girl" just before they devour him.

Considering that this film is more than 20 years old, it's still a fantastic piece of cinematography. The dinosaurs are very lifelike and exactly how we imagine them to be - big, scary and odd-looking. Yet despite all of the action, underlying romance and paternal feelings, what makes this film is John Williams' music. As ever his score is sublime, dramatic and poignant, perfectly encapsulating the action and courage witnessed in the film.

Steven Spielberg is a director who knows how to keep an audience gripped, no matter how many times they watch one of his films. Jurassic Park is very watchable with the story still relevant and the jokes still amusing after two decades. As fans look forward to Jurassic World due out in 2015, most people expect it to be a disappointment. While sequels to this film aren’t memorable, the original remains one of the true greats.

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