Sometimes you have to pinch yourself when you suddenly realize a dream you had since childhood, is being materialized in front of you. This is the same thing that happened to me yesterday when I went to watch “JURASSIC PARK” re-release in 3D. Let’s get this straight, each and every one of you reading this post may or may not have seen most movies in the past, but none of you can deny the fact that you haven’t even heard of this epic sci-fi movie made by Steven Spielberg.
If you ask me the importance of Jurassic Park, and why do i waste time to write about this movie I have more than one examples and those too might stand true for most of us. Firstly, this as the first English film I ever saw, it was incidently the first movie I ever saw for that matter. Secondly, it was the movie which introduced me to sci-fi, dinosaurs, and the legend which we know by the name of Steven Spielberg. i still follow all these with equal amount of passion, to be frank. Thirdly, there was a special connection with this movie for me. i got to watch it on my 4th birthday and for the coming next two years we used to play it on our VCRs every year on my birthday. now you may find this some fate’s play type of thing but since the Satellite channels dropped in our homes with over a 100 channels every birthday of mine we have this movie or either of it’s subsequent parts playing on some channel or the other every year. Strange but true.
Coming back to how it fared out in the theaters this time round…well…it was as immaculate thrilling and impeccable as it has been through the years. I went to the theaters with minimal expectations. To be frank, I was hoping to find an empty-ish theatre with few families scattered all round the seats. Secretly I was hoping to relive my childhood evening of peaceful VCR screenings at home with minimal disturbance. Instead of all this, I was greeted with a jam-packed house with people from nearly every strata of movie goers gushing in through the theatre gates. Yes, there were the teenagers going in for their second 3D dosage of dino action, some small kids with their parents who were kind enough to grant them this experience (I just hoped they would stay quite for the relatively boring parts), there were fan-boys like me with that critical expression and satisfaction on how we would have this experience re-served for us. I personally was hoping to experience the T-Rex entry as it would hve beein 20 years ago in a cinema hall and then there was also the famous opening scene of the movie.
As the movie started I suppose people were a bit uneasy at start some rushing to the gatekeepers to get their glasses changed as they were faulty (should have done it during the commercials but,never mind). There was lot of chatter and humdrum as the titles appeared but from there on it was a dream come true. I was lucky enough to be in the vicinity of a few high school girls, a family and two fan boys, who had to lip sync ( as I was ) to every awesome dialogue we came across. The people laughed at the exact moments for every joke Goldblum and Dern and Neil threw in and everytime the dinos appeared there was overwhelming amounts of OOHs and AAAHs in generous quantities. The sheer brilliance it boosted with the 3D intact was as amazing it could have been.
Now, coming back to the critical review of the reboot. Saying the movie did as good as it had previously will be an under-statement. Frankly, what really is enhanced by this small gem of a decision which Universal Studios took, is the classic story-telling brilliance and the sheer extraordinary vision that Spielberg possessed. Not to take away credit the script as well as screenplay written by Crichton and Koepe was as tight as ever. Every moment thrilled every thump of the T-Rex aftershock gave goosebumps, every minute of fifteen that were of the dino footage enthralled everyone. And speak for everyone because I did not hear a single *sigh* throughout the running time of the movie. Every character that was in the movie was moulded for the actors it seemed. Dern, Neil,Goldblum,Attenborough, all were simply marvellous. The kitchen escape sequence from the raptors was as enthralling as ever. The movie performs very high on giving the dino concept to the audience and the whole scientific side was perfectly fit into the animation with Mr. DNA. Brilliant stuff !!! Let’s hope that Crichton would be smiling at us from above looking at all the fun we had when we saw Jurassic Park something he’d done 20 years ago. Hats off to the great writer and salute to Mr. Spielberg for endowing this genre with such a gem.
I have tons of trivia to share about the the movie but I would just leave you with 20 facts you might not know about JURASSIC PARK :
1. Before Michael Crichton had even finished the novel upon which the movie was based, a bidding war began, and among the directors in contention was Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhand), Joe Dante (Gremlins) and Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon). Crichton’s first choice, Spielberg, won the bidding war.
2. Spielberg first learned of the existence of the Jurassic Park novel from Michael Crichton while the two were discussing a screenplay that would ultimately result in the NBC hospital drama, ER.
3. Spielberg’s Schindler’s List was greenlit only on the condition that Spielberg agree to direct Jurassic Park first. Spielberg did so, but left post-production work to George Lucas, while Spielberg left to begin work on Schindler’s.
4. After its release, Jurassic Park’s $900 million international box-office made it the highest-grossing film of all time up to that point (and untilTitanic came along).
5. Both William Hurt and Harrison Ford were offered the role of Dr. Alan Grant, which Sam Neill would eventually land. Richard Dreyfuss was also considered.
6. Michael Crichton was paid $500,000 to adapt his book into a screenplay, although much of his screenplay was tossed by Malia Scotch Marmo (Hook) and David Koepp (Mission Impossible, Spider-Man), who rewrote the script.
7. Many of you may recognize the kid who played Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) from The Pacific and, more recently, Justified. He had originally auditioned for Spielberg’s Hook but was turned down because he was too young.
8. Meanwhile, Ariana Richards — who played Lex Murphy — has essentially quit the business. (Anna Chumskly (My Girl) and Christina Ricci also auditioned for that role).
9. The iconic rippling water scene was inspired by the mirror shaking in Spielberg’s car while he was listening to Earth, Wind, and Fire. The effect was created by placing the glass of water on a vibrating guitar.
10. When NBC aired Jurassic Park on television for the first time in 1995, the 65 million viewers made it the most-seen-movie on television since 1987’s Trading Places.
11. The impressive special effects in Jurassic Park provided some of the inspiration for Peter Jackson to explore developing the Lord of the Ringstrilogy and for George Lucas to begin work on the Star Wars prequels (sorry!).
12. Richard Kiley first played the narrator of the prerecorded park tour in the audiobook, and was subsequently hired to play the same role in the film.
13. Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright were first offered the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler, which would go to Laura Dern. Jodie Foster, Joan Cusack, Julia Roberts, Linda Hamilton, and Sarah Jessica Parker — among others — were also considered for the role. Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, and Helen Hunt all tested for the role.
16. Jurassic Park is 127 minutes long; only 15 of those minutes actually contain footage of dinosaurs.
17. In both The Fly and Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum’s characters explains that they only wear black and grey to avoid wasting time thinking about what to wear.
18. Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern became romantically attached during filming. They dated for two years.
19. The sounds made by the Dilophosaurus were a combination of howler monkeys, hawks, rattlesnakes, and swans; the Velociraptor sounds were made by a combination of elephant seal pups, dolphins and walruses; the Tyrannosaurus’ roars were a combination of dog, penguin, tiger, alligator, and elephant sounds; and the sounds made by the Brachiosaurs were a combination of whale and donkey sounds.
20. Ian Malcolm’s line, “Do you mean we’re extinct,” is actually what the go-motion animator Phill Tippet said after seeing the new CG technology that would replace his models.