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Film Watch - 251. Jurassic Park

Published August 27, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: Jurassic Park Director: Steven Spielberg Year: 1993 Run time: 1hr 57

Background Info

I’ve seen this before, so many times, and I absolutely love it. After the disaster of the previous Film Watch, we wanted to view something that was a safe bet - something we knew would be good. I’ve been waiting for JP to appear on iTunes in HD, and it all came together nicely.

Live Blog

0:35 - Even just the typeface made me clap my hands in excitement. 3:37 - I never noticed that eye to eye contact before. 7:42 - Why is there a child on the archeological dig? Aside from letting us see that Dr Grant doesn’t like kids? 11:28 - “Setting up a kind of biological reserve… Make the one down in Kenya look like a petting zoo.” 18:42 - I want an island with a waterfall. 20:35 - Love that moment. First dino sighting with the music and everything. 24:58 - Here comes the science bit. 33:13 - I don’t want to know a dinosaur that is an “astonishing jumper”. 36:08 - Goldblum’s character has loads of great points but standing on the shoulder’s of giants can’t be a complaint… that’s what all scientists do. 39:10 - Interactive CD-ROM, booo. Touchscreen, yay! 43:12 - All the major problems of a theme park and a zoo. Difficult! 56:06 - “You married?” “Occasionally.” 1:04:27 - Oooh, dinosaur. Boy they are loud. 1:12:06 - I’ve just realised, knowing Dennis’ fate… is that the same dinosaur that they failed to see earlier? 1:13:22 - It looks like a gremlin. 1:15:37 - I quite like that Dennis causes all the mayhem but they sort of ditch his storyline asap. 1:18:37 - “But at least you’re out of the tree.” 1:22:23 - They do have some awesome trees at that park. Great climbability. 1:30:26 - Hmm, would you rather be sneezed on by a veggiesaur or chased by a T-Rex? I’m not so sure. 1:34:08 - Emergency bunker! 1:40:08 - Has there ever been a film where someone has seen an electric fence that isn’t on, and stopped themselves from pretending that it is? 1:44:54 - I’ve seen this film a bajillion times and still don’t get what it is that hurts her foot. 1:58:20 - Marvellous imagery. Roaring T-Rex, sign flutters down. When dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Conclusions

Mm, it was just as good as I remember. Amazingly, it hasn’t aged particularly badly - just the computers, as always. The dinosaurs still look amazing. Something I hadn’t noticed in previous viewings was the overuse of a camera zooming into someone’s face just before they would say something really important, or drop a one-liner like they do. “Mr Hammond, I believe the phones are working.” Etc, etc. It didn’t really detract from it, though, I love the film, I love the music, and it makes me want to re-read the book too.

**Rating: **55

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