Jurassic Park (1993) Review

Reel Talk with Shelly Bell presents a movie review of Jurassic Park!

SHELLY RATING: REEL COOL

Storyline
Huge advancements in scientific technology have been able to create an island full of living dinosaurs. John Hammond has invited four individuals, plus his two grandchildren to join him at Jurassic Park. But will everything go to plan? Especially when one of the parks own workers attempt to steal the dinosaurs embryos, and have to shut down all the electricity in the process. It’s now a race for survival with everyone located all over the island. Written by Film_Fan  (IMDb.com)

6 Observations 

3 of my own:

  1. Were the little kids in the movie Dennis’ children? John Hammond referred to them as grandchildren and Dennis referred to John as his father. I wondered if these children were of any relation to Dennis. If so that makes him even more wrong for putting these little kids in harm’s way to sell the dinosaur embryo.
  2.  Dr. Grant was trying to get Tim (lil boy) out of the tree and he was pouting about throwing up…really? He was supposed to be an adventurous smart kid, but he was less courageous than I predicted.
  3.  The movie portrays the animals as if they were monsters with more intellect than instinct. How did the dinosaur know how to get into the electric shed? or Figure out how to open doors? There were several parts of the movie where I feel that the dinosaurs were overriding natural instinct to hunt for food in order  to kill.

3 Goofs from IMDb.com:

  1.  When the T-Rex is attacking the car with Lex and Tim, in a shot through the roof wind-shield, you can hear them scream. However, their mouths stay closed. (IMDb.com)
  2. When Alan, Timmy and Lex are running from the Gallimimus herd, some of the dinosaurs run past them, but in the next scene, shot from behind, there aren’t any in front of them. (IMDb.com)
  3.  Lex is a vegetarian, yet is seen eating Jell-O in the dining room before the Raptors attack her and Tim. Jell-O (gelatin) contains bones and tissues from animals, and most adamant vegetarians (such as Lex) would not eat it. (IMDb.com)

5 Favorite Quotes

  1. God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs, God creates man, man destroys God, Man creates dinosaurs -Ian Malcolm
  2. dinosaurs eat man, women inherits the earth. -Dr. Sattler
  3. Life will find away to expand -Ian Malcolm
  4. I don’t blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them. -John Hammond
  5. Creation is an act of sheer will. -John Hammond

4 Emotions felt while watching

  1. Suspense- Every time they were being chased I wanted them to escape. When Dr. Sattler was in the control room I did not expect a dinosaur to burst through the room. I was on the edge of my seat worrying about whether Dr. Grant and the kids would make it over the electric fence before Dr. Sattler hit the switch to turn the power back on.
  2.  Nervous- When the kids were trapped in the kitchen with the dinosaurs I was scared that they were going to get eaten.
  3. Angry-I was mad at Dennis for putting everybody in danger for money when his dad was the creator of the park and obviously had money or was on his way to having it. He was just being greedy! Those little kids had to be some kin to him if John was his dad. The things people do for money! *eyes rolling*
  4. Happy-that Dennis was killed by one of the dinosaurs…as harsh as that sounds I felt like that was what he deserved.

3 Things I loved

  1. The way Dr. Grant bonded with the children when as they were falling asleep in the tree while they were lost in the park. Throughout the movie he had an obvious disgust for children as if they were nasty little trolls. lol! I loved observing the transition from heartless to heartfelt for the kids.
  2. The look that Dr. Sattler gave Dr. Grant on the plane on the way home. It was a fulfilling moment for her as if to solidify her love for him. She smiled as if she was thinking “he is the one for me.” It was so cute.
  3. I loved the directing. Steven Spielberg is awesome!

2 Things I hated

  1. The kids were getting on my nerves. They were acting spoiled and wouldn’t just do what Dr. Grant was saying. Tim (lil boy) read Dr. Grant’s book, he should have been more knowledgeable about dinosaurs and stop acting like a punk!
  2. I kinda hated Ian Malcolm. He was such a waste of space in the movie. I guess they had to include him since he is in the next movie. I thought he would be more of an asset to the film being that he was a mathematician. He had short sparks of intellectual influence throughout the movie, but most of the movie he was a bit of a jerk. I did not like when he tried to flirt with Dr. Sattler in front of Dr. Grant, however, I am glad that the writer/director didn’t allow this to be a big part of the movie.

1 Final thought

Well here we are again at our second movie review and we still have a Shelly rating of “REEL COOL.” I can’t say that this movie is a “must see,” but it is a great action movie for all ages. I found the scientific knowledge shared to be awesome. I loved the explanation how the DNA for the dinosaurs was found inside of a mosquito and duplicated by adding frog DNA to complete the missing part of the strand. This seems like something that can actually happen in real life. It’s a sensible explanation and even if it can’t happen in real life it made the story just that much more real sounding because the writer made you feel like it could happen.

The dinosaurs looked real (on my computer screen at least). Even though I am sure there were green screens used it wasn’t obvious. The fact that the dinosaurs were not actually real animals did not affect the quality of the film. I would recommend this movie to bad kids (ones that we can threaten with dinosaurs), parents looking for a movie for family night, people who watch animal planet, people obsessed with “The Land Before Time” and adults who claim they know a lot about dinosaurs.

Haiku inspired by Jurassic Park

God creates a hue

Man adjusts God’s intention

But green’s always green

Up next for review: You’ve Got Mail

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