I own all the Jurassic Park movies on DVD. I’m not cool enough for a blue ray player.
FINALLY! Jurassic Park is able to be streamed on Netflix!
I can finally just open up my parents…I mean, my Netflix and start streaming one of, if not the best dinosaur movies ever made. I can even go directly from the first one to the third in a massive dino marathon.
Now, when it comes to directing films, there are a few names the regular folk (those that aren’t super movie nerds like me or other cinephiles) will recognize. Stephen Speilberg is one of those guys that tops that list.
So, when Speilberg directs a dinosaur movie, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome.
Not only am I, as well as most film fans, a giant fan of pretty much everything that Speilberg puts his hands on, but I am also a giant fan of dinosaurs. I mean, when I was a kid, my best friend and I would pretend to be dinosaurs or hunting dinosaurs on our bikes or something. That is was until we discovered the amazing capabilities of video games.
Nonetheless, if you don’t know what Jurassic Park is about, here’s a quick overview: An old billionaire invests tons of money to buy an island and then even more money in the scientific goal of cloning animals. Not just any animals, but bringing back dinosaurs with the goal of making an island a dinosaur zoo.
This goes about as well as you would expect. The people he brings to the island to check the safety and accuracy of the dinosaurs, also acting as dino vets for a bit, think its amazing until all the power goes out.
Naturally, the whole island is thrown into disarray.
Some of the big names in this fantastic film are Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, B. D. Wong, Martin Ferro, Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum.
All of these names are pretty familiar. There are also two kid actors that do a wonderful job: Joseph Mazzelo and Ariana Richards.
The coolest thing about Jurassic Park is that they used primarily practical effects, and they hold up amazingly even today. Normally, practical effects don’t age too well. Neither does CGI though.
Somehow, Speilberg was able to overcome all of this and make a historical movie like Jurassic Park.
Jurassic Park does this really interesting thing where it starts questioning human capabilities with science. It asks where to draw the line. When is it going too far and attempting to be God? Is nature more powerful than humans? What controls nature?
Pretty much, these are common science fiction questions. What Jurassic Park does so well is it takes these deep philosophical questions and poses them to a mainstream audience with this blockbuster film.
It also meddles a little bit in the privilege of the wealthy. It would be neat to bring this question around to the idea of affluenza that came about recently. That’s a blog post for another time though.
If you haven’t seen Jurassic Park yet, get on it. It’s one of the greatest movies ever. It does some cool effects that still look great. The script is wonderful and it’s just an amazing movie. It can be watched as a blockbuster or a deep commentary on science and humanity.