Mr. Movie: 'Jurassic' will blow you away again

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comApril 5, 2013 

Jurassic Park is in theaters again in 3D.

Director Steven Spielberg had a great year in 1993. Most of us remember it as being the year of Schindler's List.

Released late in the year, it won a gazillion awards including Oscars for best picture, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography and so on. It was seriously good work and arguably -- in a long, storied career -- Spielberg's best work ever.

But 1993 had another Spielberg film. In mid-summer, he released Jurassic Park. No director of the last half-century is more kidlike in his view of the world and of movies than Spielberg -- when he wants to be. Out of more than 50 movies, Spielberg has two projects that arguably can be considered the most fun films of all-time.

They are 1981's Raiders of the Lost Arc and Jurassic Park.

There is no doubt Jurassic Park was the most fun any of us had in a theater that year. In 1993, I was reviewing movies for a local radio station as well as for the Tri-City Herald. I caught the screening with then-Tri-City radio personality John Travis, who nonstop and very loudly yelled "holy s**t" throughout the movie.

His comments are an understatement.

Spielberg rewrote the special effects book for Jurassic Park. Those really were dinosaurs and they really were trying to eat the film's characters. It was like riding one of those outrageous roller coasters in some of the bigger theme parks. Up and down the action went. Nails were dug in the arm rests of theater chairs. Lips were bitten and then there were some who responded like my friend John.

Now you can see Jurassic Park in three dimensions. That's a plus, but there is a bigger, better reason to rush out to a theater and see Jurassic Park. Spielberg's classic flick is decent on your home theater system, but there is nothing like experiencing this fabulous, larger-than-life, groundbreaking movie where it was meant to be experienced.

As for the three dimensions: In most places, it works. Some of the scenes are a tad fuzzy, and in places a character in three dimensions in front of a scene actually gets in the way and detracts rather than enhances that particular part of the film.

They are minor annoyances. Twenty years later, Jurassic Park 3D is the most fun you'll have in a theater in 2013.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. And parents, this is a hard PG-13. It is at times a very intense and violent movie. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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