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How does one even begin to tackle a review of Jurassic Park? This is one of the films that made me fall in love with movies. The special effects were jaw-dropping when it hit theaters in 1993, the script was smart, and the characters were real and likable. In honor of its 20th anniversary, Jurassic Park is getting a theatrical re-release in 3D and IMAX and it’s a joy to behold.

While it’s been 20 years since it’s release, it has aged amazingly well. The dinosaurs still look so real, and the 3D conversion is well done. Actually, my only complaint with the 3D is the scene where the dinosaurs are first introduced. It’s this true movie magic moment when watching it for the first time, but compared to the rest of the 3D in the film it feels like a painting. The T-Rex pops, the Raptors jump out of the screen, the Triceratops breathes – all the subsequent scenes look fantastic in 3D. It is literally only the first introduction of the dinosaurs that’s lackluster, but that’s such an important moment. You want to be right there with Dr. Grant when he takes off his sunglasses in disbelief, but you’re not.

Sadly, even with the 20 years difference from its initial release to now, the strong female characters make it a refreshing change from other blockbusters. The lines about women inheriting the earth remain among my favorites ever uttered:
Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man … woman inherits the earth.

The fact that Ellie is not just a wife or girlfriend, but an accomplished scientist on her own merit is satisfying enough. Add to that that the young Lex is not just the “useless girl” in a dire situation – she ends up being the only one who can fix Dennis Nedry’s hacking skills. She goes from screaming and cowarding to capable and it’s so satisfying to see because, sadly, it happens so rarely, even now. Somehow it takes a movie diving into the prehistoric to become timeless in its storytelling.

Jurassic Park is a classic and my favorite of the Spielberg films. It deserves the re-release and should be seen again on the big screen, 3D or otherwise. Though the 3D is adeptly handled.

Jurassic Park 3D is out in 3D and limited 2D theaters on April 5.

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.