Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #89

89. Jurassic Park (1993)

Spielberg plus Dinosaurs equals a blockbuster. 1993 was a very good year for Steven Spielberg and this movie was just part of it (more on the other part later!). Adapting Michael Crichton's successful science-fiction/adventure novel into a brand quality franchise was a task Spielberg was quite familiar with (having done it in 1975 with Peter Benchley's Jaws, but more on that later too!). What resulted was a thrilling and fantastic film that is enjoyable for audiences. It is a great combination of the adventure, science-fiction, action and even horror styles. The cast is an excellent ensemble that play of the visual effects well and you can't talk about this film without talking about the Dinosaurs! Universal Studios, with the help of Industrial, Light and Magic, made the Brontosaurus look majestic, the T-Rex look terrifying and the Velociraptors look dangerously cunning. What I especially love about the film is that all the advertising (and even the DVD cover) make it seem like the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the biggest villain in the piece but, of course, audiences realize that it is the Raptors that are most vicious and most deadly. As I mentioned the ensemble earlier, it really is a delightful cast. Sam Neil and Laura Dern are great leads. Richard Attenborough is a remarkable Frankenstein-like millionaire who realizes too late the damage he has caused. And Jeff Goldblum is a highlight as a verbose and skeptical mathematician. Plus the movie has Samuel L. Jackson in it! Sam Jackson is just the definition of cool even in smaller roles! It is just a great film.

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