Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments: #95 - Jurassic Park (1993)

By Eric Polk-
Reaplings, I promise to be brief today. I don't like this movie. It's one of the 'big budget with a plot that goes nowhere' genre films that can either be cheddary good or limburger bad. I side with the latter cheese.I'm sure the Michael Crichton novel the film(directed by Steven Spielberg) is based on is a million times better than the CGI-codswallop I had the misfortune to watch when it premiered in the theaters in the summer of '93.

Oh sure, the dinosaurs....

                                                        (I wish good ol' Dino was in this movie)

Anyway, the dinosaurs are fantastic. The velociraptor, especially. I just think this movie is an instance where I wasn't impressed. I wanted a tad more plot in this thing. I know it's supposed to be a 'thrill-ride', escapist fare, but c'mon! The one thing that got on my nerves, Newman's "You forgot to say the magic word!" No wonder Jerry Seinfeld didn't like him! Scary moments? Sure, the T-Rex munching on the guy on the toilet! The sinisterness of the velociraptor. But this is far from a horror film!


Mr. Johnny Sandman said...

But it wasn't considered a horror movie. It's on a list of scary movie moments and given the fact that the CGI and dino-action wasn't seen that good before, it was frightening. The sound elements, the design, the progression... all of it was scary and thrilling. By saying that you wanted more plot means that you didn't understand what the movie is trying to make you feel. It's like Die Hard, Armageddon, Poseidon Adventure and Transformers. You aren't going for the plot, you're going for the action. It was marked as an action/adventure. As an escapist fare, it worked. It worked damn well. If you want plot, read the book.

Andre said...

Jurassic Park is one of my favorite films. Compared to the CGI hitting the block today, the dinos in this look amazingly realistic. It's exciting, it's about dinosaurs (which are awesome) and it scared the crap out of me when I saw it in the theater. Compared to all the horrible action films today--Jurassic is practically an oscar winner.

Leah @ Unleash the Flying Monkeys! said...

Yeah, I'm gonna have to side with Mr. Johnny and Andre on this one. I, too, saw it in the theaters when it premiered and it scared the bajeebers outta me. Like already mentioned, the experience in the theater did offer scary moments, not horror, but action and suspense.

Want plot and even some horror? Read the book. It was required reading for me in high school and I LOVED IT!

TheGirlWhoLovesHorror said...

Dude, I didn't know there was anybody out there who DIDN'T like Jurassic Park. There's dinosaurs and there's dinosaurs eating people. You want a plot??? Pfft. Don't need one if you've got velociraptors.

This movie still rules to this day, as does the third installment. Not so much number 2, that one didn't really do it for me.

Eric Polk said...

Lol....I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I love Jaws, The Birds, hell I even love Day of the Animals....but JP just got on my nerves.

Perhaps one day, I'll rewatch it and try to keep an open mind. Thanks for the commentaries, Reaplings:-)