02 Apr Another classic in 3D – JURASSIC PARK
Even though I was so little that they could fit me in a backpack if they wanted to when Jurassic Park first came out; thank God, universe, Zeus, or whatever you believe in, because I was able to watch it on VHS when I was 6 years old. It was the scariest thing I had seen so far, and it was amazing.
We are now very much used to seeing unusual things on the big screen, but from what I have heard from older generations, this wasn’t always like that. I am now more impressed and surprised when I read a very hard scene was shot without using any CGI, like the Naomi Watts struggling in huge waves after tsunami in The Impossible; than watching battle scenes or other planets in films like Avatar, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, or even the tiger in Life of Pie.
That being said, one of the most important aspects of Jurassic Park is its technology without a doubt. To this day, I still don’t know how they made those dinosaurs look so real with that day’s technology. Sound mixing and effects are definitely done by a group of geniuses. The scene where T-Rex comes to the rescue of the people she was trying to eat earlier, brings tears to many eyes, I’m sure. So yes, it is a timeless classic and a very significant film for the entire world film industry, not just American.
Jurassic Park 3D did not disappoint me. I didn’t expect much to begin with, since I believe re-releasing classic movies in 3D is nothing but a marketing trick. It was, but there was much more than that. Considering the first time I saw the movie was on VHS, seeing it in 3D with a very high quality was like putting on a new pair of contacts after three months. Even though I knew what was going to happen, seeing the T-Rex break the sunroof of the car and try to eat the children was really scary. I know a lot of people talk about how making a 3D version of Jurassic Park is pointless, but I can’t and won’t lie, everything looked b-e-a-utiful. They had more visual depth with more layers.
You will understand what I’m trying to say when you see the movie, which you should do, even if you don’t really like dinosaurs. What is better than spending two hours on a Sunday watching people try not get eaten by dinosaurs in 90s clothing?
Watching this film in my -almost- adult mind was also a very interesting experience. I realized many metaphors and symbols that failed to catch my eye the first time, or the second time I saw it. An example: When Dr. Grant is in the helicopter trying to land on the island, he can’t buckle his belt, because he has two female ends instead of one female and one male. He ties two females together, and solves the problem. Later in the dino lab John Hammond says that they created a population c0nsisting only females to control breeding and keep the park safe. But just like Dr. Grant was able to tie his belt with two female ends, a population with only one sex finds a way to breed. As Dr. Malcolm says: “Life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.” Life finds a way.
In conclusion, Jurassic Park 3D made me want to have a Brachiosaurus as a pet. I would name it Norman, put a little hat on him and everything. I would stop being lazy, go to Scotland to make Norman act like Loch Ness Monster, and scare people all day long. Someone find how to create dinosaurs from DNA, I need my Norman.