|I'm tempting the Rex|
Welcome to my Jurassic Park movie review. Dr. Alan Grant gets a personal invitation from John Hammond to check out a theme park that he insists will capture the world’s eye. A small group of visitors visit a distant island and are in absolute awe at first but then something goes disastrously wrong. The survivors must do anything in their power to out maneuver the parks attractions in order to get off this island. It’s one adventure you’ll have to see to believe and I’m going to give you a monster of a review for it’s my all time favorite movie. I’ve broken it down in every way I possibly could with quoted dialogue along with my own added commentary. I truly hope you can enjoy it as I have.
Beware the Velociraptor
|Prehistoric amber is the new gold|
Grant meets Hammond
|You'll, umm, fully fund my dig?|
|Nedry the shout it out sellout|
|Chaos theory, Chaos, CHAOSSSS!|
|Beautiful & Majestic at the beginning|
|D.. da.. Daaa.. Daddy!|
|Getting the low down on the raptors from Muldoon|
|I chain smoke to your health Mr. Hammond|
|The tripped out Tric|
|Fertilizer exporting is another of Hammond's enterprises|
|My financial problem will soon be yours Hammond!|
Grant and Malcolm try to figure out why the explorer has stopped while Nedry is high tailing it toward the dock for his drop-off. The control room notices that the fences are now failing all over the park and a subtle panic begins to show itself. Who wouldn’t be fearful of that? Imagine Hammond’s reaction if someone got injured while trying to ensure everything was going smoothly at his park. Bottom line is the failing fences are freaking him out! Muldoon alertly asks, “The raptor fences aren’t out, are they?” You see Muldoon knows what the true menace on this island is and he’s totally cool as long as the raptors are still in check. They frantically check the raptor pen but notice it’s still active. What is Nedry up to they wonder. They try to hack into Nedry’s console to stop whatever it is he has done but to no avail. Arnold doesn’t have the skill to combat Nedry’s tech savvy.
Enter the Rex
|Does it get any better than this?|
|I suppose it does get better!|
Nedry’s his own Undoing
|Close call for Grant|
The Rescue of Malcolm
|How terrified would this make you?|
Parting with the Claw
Ice Cream Mongers
|Ellie I told you to bring some cookies with this feast!|
The Dinosaurs are Breeding
Grant and the kids wake up to the sight of a friendly brachiosaur eating leaves from the tree. They all get to touch it without fear while having fun for once at this accursed park. The dinosaur eventually sneezes all over Lex as Tim smiles and blesses the dinosaur to get well soon. Lex is infuriated in the meantime. On their journey back to the visitor center Grant makes a startling discovery of hatched eggs! He explains that “Some West African frogs have been known to change sex from male to female in a single sex environment.” Life finds a way as Malcolm phrased earlier when nobody really believed his nonsense. He didn’t know it would be the result of the sequence gaps provided by frog DNA but technical it was nature that provided the breakthrough against the controlled genetic experiment Hammond was attempting. They don’t reveal the eggs species but does it matter? Hammond doesn’t have the control he thought he had after all. This must be the illusion Ellie refers to but she has no clue the dinosaurs are breeding and furthermore I don’t believe she even suspects it! It’s rather a subtle hole in the story and I highly doubt most viewers even notice.
We jump back over to the control room where Hammond is opting to shut down the entire system to erase Nedry’s treachery. Arnold is skeptical of this as they have never shut it all down before so it’s an unknown that it will restore itself, it’s only in theory that it would. Hammond goes a bit mad and screams that people are dying to make his point dominant. He is the head honcho so he gets to decide the ultimate course of action anyway. The power goes off then back on. “Hold onto your butts.” Arnold mutters in a weary voice. Over the years I’ve grown fonder of that line even though it’s nothing special. It’s a success but the buildings need a reboot from a shed outside the compound near the raptor pen. Nedry knew better than to shut off those fences but a total shutdown wouldn’t know that. Muldoon could have mentioned that before shut off but I think he secretly wanted a shot at hunting the raptors. He did express interest in destroying them all in the beginning. Muldoon, Hammond, Ellie and Malcolm all head to safety in the emergency bunker. Arnold goes alone to the shed? I’d refuse that; I’d want a gun and Muldoon since he’s the game warden after all. Of course I’m sure Arnold will be just fine though, the power is back now.
|Tim they're not in the sky|
Mr. Arnold, where are You?
|Cocked, locked and ready to die, eh Muldoon?|
|We're officially doomed, the raptors are loose|
|Pee in pants, poop in pants, then scream in agony|
|Deal with this Chef Ramsey!|
Lex crawls into an oven with the reflection appearing on a very clean stove metal door. She coaxes the raptor at her and it smashes into the stove head first. That raptor really wanted to taste her flesh to lunge so wildly. Still, it’s an inventive tactic by Lex. The second raptor is tricked into a freezer that Tim limps toward. How did the raptor not pounce on Tim? The tile floor provided traction problems for that clicking claw? It pursues him and they both fall inside, Tim scurries up first and Lex helps him lock the door. The music score is the best in this scene aside the visuals on the raptors. John Williams turns in one of his all time best performances that carry this movie above and beyond what it should be. I can’t express how much I, to this day, will hum any given musical part of this movie. The kids run out of the kitchen and dodge death yet again. The ending scene shows a pissed off looking raptor glaring deadly in their direction. Humans aren’t as easy to catch as they appear at least in the movies!
|At least one of the kids is useful|
|Nowhere left to run|
|King of Hammond's Castle|
The ending happens quietly as Hammond waits on the helipad for a gaze upon a past recreated. You feel sorry for the guy as his meek oldness plays you. Grant brings him to the helicopter and they fly away from the island. The music takes you away as the scene fills you with a satisfying close. Grant has the kids nestled up around him as he gives a look of ‘well I guess they’re not all bad’ referring to kids. My most memorable movie of all time that I can never imagine being supplanted ends and every time I watch it a feeling of immense joy crosses my entire being.
Be sure to read my Jurassic Park – How it’s bonded with my DNA as well, it’ll blow away what’s left of your mind. You can go directly to the review here:
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