When someone thinks of dinosaurs, their first thought is most likely Jurassic Park. For many people, myself included, this movie triggered a fascination, no, an obsession with dinosaurs that is still alive and kicking today. While not a flawless film, Jurassic Park is a timeless adventure that, rightfully so, is just as terrifying and riveting today as it was in 1993.
The premise is simple: what would happen if man could create dinosaurs? Bring back a type of creature that’s been long extinct? Well, the answer would look something like Jurassic Park. John Hammond, a really rich old guy with way too much time on his hands, upon finding a mesquite fertilized in amber, discovers that he can actually extract dinosaur DNA and use it to create his own dinosaurs for, you guessed it, an amusement park!
The science in the movie does require some suspension of belief, and while it’s given just enough depth to make it somewhat believable, it still feels far-fetched. Which isn’t a bad thing per say, this is a sci-fi movie after all, but this has no doubt irritated some viewers. However, if you’re able to let reality take a backseat, then Jurassic Park will entertain you like few movies ever will.
Jurassic Park is timeless for a number of reasons. For starters, the masterful use of both CGI and practical effects ensure that, even after more than twenty-years, Jurassic Park looks just as great now as it did in ’93.
The dinosaurs are equal parts scary and fascinating, thanks to the sheer amount of life Spielberg’s given them, and whenever one of these mighty beasts is on-screen, you are fully invested in the story being told.
The plot of Jurassic Park, while not wholly deep, does its job surprisingly well, and sets up the eventual terror perfectly. You get just enough time to meet the characters, learn who they are and what they’re doing on this island, before the crap hits the fan and what was once an amusement park for people of all ages, becomes a killing ground for creatures that have long been extinct.
However, as memorable as the characters are, they’re really not that deep. With the exception of Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm (who has most of the more quotable lines), the characters here are all pretty basic, and don’t require a whole lot of brain-power to understand.
With that said though, this is done almost on purpose. You see, Jurassic Park’s charm and fun comes from its plot and ingenious set pieces. And while the characters don’t break any ground, they’re characterized with just enough individuality that your investment in their adventure and survival is set at the perfect rate.
Thanks to the brilliant line delivery from characters such as Sam Jackson’s Dr. Arnold, Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm, and Bob Peck’s raptor expert Robert Muldoon, you’ll love these characters just the way they are, and rarely think twice about their slightly slim development.
For a movie that’s both a fun, exciting adventure, and a borderline horror movie, Jurassic Park feels wonderfully balanced and well-rounded, never relying too much on either its special effects or tense set pieces. It has just the right amount of scares and humor that you’re never too bored or too scared.
Is Jurassic Park a perfect movie? No, not exactly. However, it is a timeless one. Easily one of my favorites of all time, it can appeal to any audience and I hope it stays just as relevant in the future as it was in the nineties. It’s a masterful film that has defined how the entire world sees and thinks about the word dinosaur.
And if that’s not proof enough that Jurassic Park is something special, then I don’t know what else is.