***WON 3 OSCARS***
John William’s motif for Jurassic Park is ever so present in my mind as I write this post, there is an instant recognition to it, a comforting tune in amidst all the insanity that takes place in Jurassic Park! FilmMunch would like to welcome you to the Jurassic Series!
Most of you have noticed that I am particularly excited about Jurassic World, and you can even listen to 9mins of the new score by Michael Giacchino on an earlier post. It is interesting to note that John Williams is not performing the score, even though he did so for the first 3 films in this ‘jurassic’ saga. From the preview, we can rest assured that Michael has the skills and an already amazing repertoire to, finger-crossed, live up the John William’s, Welcome to Jurassic Park motif!
Growing up, Jurassic Park was a family favourite, and I can not recall how many times I watched the film, on my much adored VHS copy. It was only till recently, that I revisited the ‘Park’, this time in all it’s amazing Full HD glory, Remastered! This film is wonderful, and full of many iconic moments. Steven Spielberg has always garnished us with suspenseful and intriguing opening scenes. He loves opening sequences, you can tell this from the first 2 Jurassic’s and even with the Indiana Series, opening scenes are key to the progression of his films, a perfect appetiser if you wish.
The film is almost flawless when it comes to it’s editing. There are many great examples of Jurassic Park’s use of clever editing, but I’d like to focus on only two scenes. The opening sequence is full of suspense, and by having a forklift move a secretive box into an enclosure, we are instantly intrigued, the mystery of what is inside already haunts us! But, the moment that really puts you at the edge of your seat is when the camera cuts to inside the box, looking out, we are at the POV of the mysterious beast, and he/her/it is peeping out, observing! Add the amazing sound effects, for which this film won an Oscar, you really start to feel fright, even 22 years after it’s original release.
Another most iconic moment is again, close to the beginning of the film. They have just landed at the helipad, and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) along with Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are about to be amazed by the very first dinosaur they have ever seen. The score establishes a foreboding tone, we see first the face of Dr. Grant, what is he seeing that is so horrific!? The camera cut’s to Dr. Sattler, she too has this horrified look! And then, the amazing cut to the first CGI of a Brachiosaur. The score doesn’t skip a beat, and the iconic tune hits, it’s enough to bring a full grown man to tears, it’s beautiful. John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) then says the most memorable words, “welcome to Jurassic Park!”
Jurassic Park won another Oscar for Best Visual Effects, and it’s well deserved. The amazing use of computer generated animation and animatronics brings these fascinating beasts to life. Turns out that there are about 14minutes of computer animation, which took months, literally, to be able to achieve the final product. Combined with amazing animatronics, those dinosaurs, look real! So real, that they foster fear, especially the infamous T-Rex. The action sequences, combined with Indiana Jones inspired adventure really make this film entertaining. It’s hard not to love this film, and no doubt there are millions of fans eager to see the Park re-open. I am sure most FilmMunchers are nervous at the same time, and are hoping that Jurassic World can live up to it’s original counterpart.
Many have said that there isn’t enough sub-text to this film, that it’s purely for entertainment purposes. Although for the most part, that is true, we can glean some interesting messages from Jurassic Park. The message that greed for money is wrong is clear in this film, it only leads to problems, big problems. In addition we live in the modern age, and technology is constantly developing and evolving. It’s essential to keep technology in it’s right place, it is here to facilitate life, perhaps not create it. These issues are ever so relevant today, artificial intelligence, is every day becoming more and more, less of a sic-fi idea, so what will we do, when, as according to ‘Dr. Chaos’ (Jeff Goldblum), “life finds a way”?
Jurassic Park is essential viewing, and sets the bar very high for what’s to come!
TRIVIA COOKIES: Samuel L. Jackson is in this film! Re-wactching it recently, it was a shock to see him! So is Newman, from Seinfeld!
This film is based on a fiction novel by Michael Crichton, entitled, Jurassic Park.
Jurassic Park was released on June 11th 1993, Jurassic World will be released on June 11th 2015, exactly 22 years later!