January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #3 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater on opening day and subsequently saw it the following day again. It is one of the few movies that I have seen twice in the theater one day after another. It was so powerful to watch this film in the theater and still remains so enthralling to watch even after 27 years since it was made.
“Remind me to thank John for a lovely weekend.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Twice in theater on sequential days, cable, video, DVD, 13 Jul 2014, 26 Apr 2018, 29 Aug 2019 and 3 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Three scientists are invited to spend a weekend at a new amusement park for the whole family where they have found a way to clone dinosaurs.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film. They are able to expertly use special effects to make these dinosaurs come to life right before out eyes. The cast is so much fun to watch with Richard Attenborough, Sam Niell, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum all giving such iconic performances here. The supporting cast is also great with Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight and Bob Peck adding so much to things here. The story unfolds in a great way that helps make things feel so much more realistic. They are able to give us lots of scenes that are quite thrilling to watch especially with Director Steven Spielberg using anticipation to raise the suspense level instead of showing the creatures right away just like he did with Jaws (1976) 18 years earlier. The music by John Williams adds so much more grandeur to this story and is still so recognizable and fun to listen to even after so many years. This is by far the best film in this franchise and stays so enjoyable and epic to watch no matter how often one watches it. This is so much fun to watch and rewatch because it stays so thrilling throughout even when one knows how it all plays out. The dialogue is superbly written and they allow the characters to have some very intriguing debates about the dangers of tampering with nature which are quite profound to listen to. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Williams scored the movie at the end of February 1993 and recorded it a month later. He felt he needed to write “pieces that would convey a sense of awe and fascination, given it dealt with the overwhelming happiness and excitement that would emerge from seeing live dinosaurs.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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