Lately, I have been watching some old films to see if they live up to today and if I still love them as much as I did the first time I saw it. This one came up mainly because of the release of Jurassic World and also because I wanted to buy the Blu Ray.
Jon Hammond has created a park where he invites a scientist, 2 dinosaur experts, a lawyer and his grandkids to experience the park and give it a approval. When his son brings the electricity down, they all must find a way to escape from the dinosaur and find a way out of the island.
I had only seen this movie twice prior to this viewing. First, when I was really little and I thought everything was real. The second time was about 3 years ago. I didn’t think it was great at the time but I loved the animatronics.
This time, I love it even more than the second viewing. This is because I understand the story a bit more. They have all come to see this island but when they realise that they have created dangerous dinosaurs and made all of them female, they think that this is a bad idea which it is. They have never been in a world that had man, they were extinct before humans ever existed, so they eat anything in their wake. The CGI doesn’t hold up but the animatronics are still fantastic, I don’t know how they made them so life like.
My favourite scene is the kitchen scene because it kept me on suspense. Nothing can beat that moment and how I felt at the time. The children were excellent. I love that Laura Dern’s character was always helping and we had no female damsel in distress. Even at that time, they were all still equals. I like the scene when Richard Attenborough’s character mentions that she is a women so she can’t fix electricity and Laura’s characters says that she will have a sexism talk with him when she comes back. It tells us that she wasn’t going to have any of that.
Sam Neil is great as the miserable guy who doesn’t like kids and Jeff Goldblum is good as the scientist ( especially his laugh, it cracks me up everytime I hear it). I love seeing Richard Attenborough laugh and smile in this movie, it shows that he enjoyed being in this film. It is one of the reasons I miss him so much. Overall this was great and deserves an 8.5/10.