When my daughter was little she had a major dinosaur obsession. We had books upon books, and figures and stuffed animals. And of course there must a million dinosaur species, including the flying and swimming ones. One I remember though, is the Iguanodon, mostly because of its odd thumb. It has five fingers on its front “hand,” erect and spiked thumb used for defence or perhaps foraging, three middle fingers and a grasping fifth finger.
Even though no Iguanodons were featured in Jurassic Park, I’m taking today’s post to talk about seeing it in the theater this past weekend. (Tomorrow’s J is being held for a fairytale character/creature.)
In the early 90s I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, I loved it, and went on to read The Lost World. And 20 years ago, like most people I knew, I saw Jurassic Park in the theater. I can’t say I remember much, if anything, of that experience, other than a couple of scenes, which apparently I didn’t even remember right, and that it was a good movie. We went to see the 3D mostly because our daughter had never seen it, and it seemed like a fun way to spend an afternoon. Wow, I’m so glad we went. I’m not one who tends to re-watch movies in general, but I think this is one of the few that deserve being re-watched. First, it’s just a good movie. It’s worth seeing again, especially on the big screen – the size of the CG dinosaurs, the settings, the landscape, I can’t imagine it feels the same on a tv screen. I though it might feel a little cheesy 20 years later, but it didn’t at all. It’s still impressive and even though I knew what was going to happen, it’s exciting and suspenseful. As some of you know, I’m not a big fan of 3D, but it really worked here. It was subtle, but enhanced the movie. I didn’t notice any of those odd moments. I almost forgot it was 3D, it just seemed right.
Jurassic Park is definitely worth it, whether you’ve seen it before or not.