We saw Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D on Sunday, and, after 20 years, it’s still just Jurassic Park.
I understand that for many of you, stating that “it’s still just Jurassic Park” is something of an insult, but I don’t mean it to be. It’s a fine movie, but I just don’t love it, and most people seem to love it. To me, it’s a slasher movie – a less interesting version of Jaws, a film where the antagonist has no motivation other than it’s desire to eat – although Jaws is a bit more complicated than that. Still, Jurassic Park is more about the then state of the art special effects that brought dinosaurs to life in a way we’d never seen before. (Rather than… well, a story, a plot or slasher conventions.) Today, this kind of technology is par for the course, but when the movie came out, Jurassic Park was the craziest thing we’d seen to date. Still, I’ve never been able to get passed the fact that it’s a slasher movie without any real scares, even if the premise and the characters are a bit more interesting than your typical slasher movie. Still, Jaws was scary – if Jaws didn’t make you think twice about swimming in the ocean, then you probably didn’t see the movie. Jurassic Park just didn’t scare me. At all.