Movie Review: Jurassic Park

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THE TIME HAS COME. After what seems like eons, I have finally watched the legendary movie adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park. And the best part? I LOVED IT. Here’s why:

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  • Such great images! I was really impressed by how good the graphics are in this movie. There’s a lot of dinosaur-human interaction, so I didn’t expect the dinosaurs to look that clear or detailed. But I was pleasantly surprised- they look excellent!
  • The acting and cast. Not only is the acting great, but the cast itself perfectly fit how I thought the characters would look while reading the novel. Laura Dern looked so familiar, and it literally took me half the movie to realize that she played Hazel’s mom in The Fault in Our Stars. And the guy who played Newman from Seinfeld was the awful tech person! Whoever did the casting for this movie definitely deserves a gold star in my book!
  • Loyalty to the original story. Although there were some differences (what movie adaptation doesn’t have them?) overall I think this movie is very faithful to the novel’s plot when it really matters. The core of the movie is the same, which is always refreshing to see.

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The only negative aspect of this movie for me is the high level of suspense and frightening scenes that were present in the novel but lacking on-screen. I absolutely could not put the book down because the story was so incredibly suspenseful and gripping. However, the movie didn’t really reach that same degree of thrilling tension that Michael Crichton created with his writing. Perhaps this is because the book is much more graphic than the movie, or because I already knew what was going to happen because I read the book first. Whatever the reason, I was a wee bit disappointed with the lack of scariness.

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Now I completely understand why Jurassic Park is such a famous and popular movie! It deserves all of the praise and hype surrounding it and will undoubtedly remain a favorite of mine in the future. While I do think that the book is better, this movie adaptation is definitely well worth watching!

What do you think about this book and movie? If you’ve read and seen both, which do you think is better? Let me know in the comments section below!



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