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An introduction 19 years in the making
If you know me personally (what an honor, right?) then you would know this is up and away my favorite film of all time. That being said I have more to talk about than just the movie itself. I grew up with this movie as did so many other kids in that time, 1993. I’d like to share all the way back to when I was ten years old (finally free of diapers!) and why this movie is more than ‘just a movie’ to me. The experiences involved with this movie are necessary for me to explain so you can feel why it’s my number one favorite. I’m going somewhere with all this emotional stuff so hang in there ok? I’ve seen it far more times than I can count (umm 10?) or remember which inclines me to know the dialogue by heart. I was in awe of dinosaurs as a child and this movie, forever, has made me love them even more. Didn’t you always want to be a velociraptor when you grew up? I played sick from school to stay home and watch it on VHS (remember those odd rectangular contraptions?), which I still own. I intentionally watched it during a thunderstorm to enhance the T-Rex scene (you know the one I’m talking about – Lawyer – Toilet!). Seriously how many of you can claim you did that? Don’t lie to pose as a true JP fan either.
Dad, gone but not forgotten
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A memory I’d be foolish to not mention would be also going to the theater with my best friend and his dad to watch it. I know, how many times can you go to watch the same movie? Anyway we loved it and seeing it together as kids makes the movie so much better somehow, I guess because you’re with somebody who is often considered your shadow. I’ll admit I never got that as a kid, I’d look down and see my own shadow and think the grown-ups were just being odd. The connection with him and his dad is still like a family for me so it extends the unforgettable memory for this movie. It’s possible it may have been just another movie for them but that’s understandable. The 3D version of the movie will hit theaters next year I’m told and it would only be fitting to see it one more time with them. Who am I kidding? By next year I’ll have watched it another ten to twenty times most likely!
Healing power of Jurassic Park
The countless times I’ve watched this forces me to best recall some of those occasions. I’ve mentioned playing hooky from school to watch it already, you’re impressed admit it! Some days you’d just rather learn from Dr. Grant instead am I right? I suffered from headaches a lot in my younger years and after I took medicine for it I would watch Jurassic Park before eventually dozing off to sleep. The movie actually calmed me and took the focus off my headache; I didn’t realize that at the time, thanks mom. Aside from watching the movie the toys, collectibles and even my keychain represent the connection I still maintain. My wife adds to this memory in the present as she gifted to me this past Christmas, 2011, the collector’s Blu Ray set of the Jurassic Park franchise complete with a model T-Rex and certificate. I’d say that she qualifies as a keeper right? Well at least until they come out with the ‘Red Ray’ version of it or something. A notable mention to my best friend for gifting me the JP adventure pack on DVD which I still own.
The man behind it all
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