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Review: Jurassic Park in 3D

Score:A

Director:Steven Spielberg

Cast:Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sir Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Samuel L. Jackson

Running Time:127.00

Rated:PG-13

Going in to Jurassic Park 3D, I was torn between the 11-year old inside me that saw this in the theaters and had all the action figures, and the present day me who's become more jaded with all of the un-originality of Hollywood and someone who is not a fan of 3D movies.  With that being said, go watch this movie in 3D!!  The movie holds up"•it always has.  The depth that they create was spectacular.  And the important characters that could have been hurt by the conversion aren't, ultimately allowing the film to keep its structure as it ventures into a new format.

Now for the actual movie, Spielberg doesn't make bad movies.  He just doesn't.  Even his "bad films" aren't that bad (when you are dealing with the Indiana Jones films, look to George Lucas).  Jurassic Park is a throwback to Jaws where you wait and wait to see the main attraction, and, much like when you first see the shark in Jaws, the first time you see the T-Rex, no matter how old you are, you become that kid again looking on in awe.  Spielberg knows how to film scenes so that if you were to pause the movie, no matter when, it will look amazing.  The performances he gets out of the cast still holds up, and that is because there are no bad performances in this movie.  Even the kids give good performances and sometimes that is asking a lot.  

Sam Neil and Laura Dern and Sir Richard Attenborough and Jeff Goldblum (whose Ian Malcolm, as I've gotten older, has become funnier and funnier) all give outstanding performances.  Wayne Knight can be a scene stealer in the film, and Samuel L. Jackson actually doesn't cuss and does a really good job. But the greatest characters are the dinosaurs by the late, great Stan Winston and his crew.  These dinosaurs were created in the early nineties, and 20 years later they still look amazing.  The velociraptors are still terrifying, the T-Rex is still amazing to look at, and what this 3D conversion does is bring them into a clarity that wasn't there 20 years ago.

We as moviegoers have all been in this situation before where there is a movie that you watched as a kid, and, after not seeing it for awhile, you go back and watch it and you think to yourself "What did I see in this film??  The graphics are horrible!"  This is not that movie.  This movie continues to hold up as a great film.  Go out and see this movie the way it was meant to be seen"•in a theater in 3D.

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