Friday, May 3, 2013

Jurassic Park 3D: A some-expenses-spared review

I'm not going to rehash the influence of Jurassic Park, nor am I going to point out its paleontological flaws. I've already done that enough. All I want to say in this post is that Jurassic Park 3D is a living, breathing, reminder as to why the movie was so tremendously popular and not only changed public reception and expectation of recreated dinosaurs, but changed the world of film itself.

As I was talking to my younger brother about JP3D, he made a good point: it is the quintessential "'that's-why-we-go-to-the-movies' movie", as he put it. It's got everything a classic movie needs: thrills, chills, laughs, beauty, depth, dinosaurs... As Lex says after rebooting the park's power, "you name it, we got it!" It's more than just a bunch of CGI an animatronic dinosaurs chasing hapless humans around a tropical island. And even if you can't appreciate the plot elements of JP (I'm aware it's not the greatest movie out there [but definitely in my Top 5, jus' sayin']), the technology behind it is breathtaking.

Even the animatronic dinosaurs still look lifelike in Jurassic Park 3D.
Think about it: Jurassic Park came out in 1993. With minimal retouching of the CGI models, even in 3D, the dinosaurs still are more lifelike than any that have graced the silver screen since its release (the only exceptions, perhaps, being the other JP films). To this day, watching the female tyrannosaur heavily pad its way after the flare that Grant threw is still entirely convincing. When the duo of Velociraptors strut into the kitchen, you feel as if you are right there with them. When I saw that monumental Brachiosaurus for the first time on the big screen, I was just as in awe as the characters in the film.

To this day, Jurassic Park has the ability to make animals long gone from this planet look entirely real, even if they majorly lack on accuracy. Even now, when we have movies made entirely with computers, Jurassic Park holds its own in every aspect, from acting to visual effects. If you haven't seen JP3D yet, you must. It's a real reminder of the power of technology, whether you pay attention to the movie itself or the story behind it.

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