Jurassic Park was a 90’s classic for me! I remember being awed by the beauty of John Williams’ score and amazed at the life-like, scary creatures on screen. I loved the scientific facts thrown in, the frights and the comic quips spoken by Dr Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum).
Recently I rewatched my childhood classic with my friend who’d never seen it and I was again wowed. Amazingly, like my favourite Aliens (1982), the dinosaurs (like the aliens) only appear on screen over an hour into the film and then only feature for a total of 14 minutes! And the effects really hold up to scrutiny nearly 20 years later.
I was struck also by the great scripting which resulted in the following poignant statements:
Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs…
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth…
And the morality stance:
Dr. Ian Malcolm: I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done, and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you, you’ve patented it, and packaged it, you’ve slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now
[pounds table with fists]
Dr. Ian Malcolm: you’re selling it.
[pounds table again]
Dr. Ian Malcolm: You want to sell it, well…
John Hammond: I don’t think you’re giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody’s ever done before…
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.
This is a rewarding rewatcher!
Written By:Sandi Thompson