Movie Monday: Jurassic Park 3D Review

by Brandon

I’m not a huge fan of 3D. I thought Avatar implemented it wonderfully, but since then I’ve seen nothing that made it worth the extra cost of a 3D movie ticket.

What’s worse, I actively hate post-conversion 3D. When they convert a 2D movie to 3D, it’s a shameless money-grab. We all know it. And when they do it to a twenty year old movie, it’s an even more shameless money-grab.

I’m definitely not a fan of paying full price to watch a movie I have on DVD just because it has “3D” tacked on to the title.

So if that’s my rule, why did I go watch Jurassic Park 3D?

Because it’s Jurassic freaking Park, that’s why.

I’m just gonna come out and say this… the original Jurassic Park was a damn near perfect film.

I know, I know, there are some (relatively major) inaccuracies when it comes to the dinosaurs. It’s highly unlikely the T-Rex had vision based on movement. Most raptors were actually the size of dogs (I can only assume the raptors in JP are Utahraptors).

I don’t care. Spielberg didn’t set out to make a dinosaur documentary; he set out to make a great movie.

And on that front, he succeeded like a mofo.

The “Welcome to Jurassic Park” scene is, in my opinion, a perfect scene. From John Williams’ breathtaking score to Grant’s “They do move in herds” reaction, that scene should be taught in film school. It is (again, in my opinion) one of Spielberg’s shining achievements as a filmmaker.

So yeah, I knew Jurassic Park 3D  was a money-grab. Yeah, I’ve seen this movie plenty of times already. But the chance to watch that movie on a big screen with big sound… I was willing to make an exception. Principles are important, but come on… this is Jurassic Park.

All that said, what did I think of the 3D version?

I absolutely loved it.

The 3D enhances this movie in every way.

Again, I should point out that I am not a fan of 3D, but in this movie, it’s subtle in all the right ways. It doesn’t get in the way of the story. Instead of using the 3D for cheap jump-at-you effects, it uses the 3D to subtly pull the audience into the film. In short, it enhances the movie experience, which is something 3D rarely does. The 3D in Jurassic Park really did make the movie feel new again. I felt that same excitement I felt when I first saw it in theaters 20 years ago. The love they put into this conversion is evident in every frame.

And let me be clear… I’m not being complimentary because of sentimentality here. I was incredibly disappointed with the Star Wars: Episode I conversion. I had expected Lucasfilm to do some amazing things with the technology, but came out of that movie feeling like I’d been duped.

Not this time, though. I’m very glad I went to watch this movie.

So would I recommend it to you?

Honestly, that depends. I think having a love for the movie is a requirement.

Like I said, the 3D in this film is subtle. It enhances the movie. It’s not a reason – on its own – to go see it. If you don’t already have a deep love for this film, you’re honestly throwing your money away on the 3D version.

But if Jurassic Park is one of your favorite movies… if it blew your movie-going mind back in ’93…

Go see it.

It will absolutely recapture that magic for you.

–Brandon

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John April 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Not usually a fan of Spielberg, but JP is a very good movie. However, after watching the Avengers in 3D, I refuse to watch anything that has been post converted. 3D can be a very useful filmaking tool, but as only been used as such in very few films: Avatar, Dredd, the Hobbit etc. I trust your recommendation, but I’d rather use my cinema money for other films … possibly Man of Steel.

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Brandon April 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Totally understandable, John. And honestly, if you’re not a huge fan of that film, the 3D won’t make it any better.

It doesn’t make it a better movie. It just basically makes it just new enough to enhance a love that’s already there.

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Brandon April 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I totally agree with you about post-conversion, by the way. So far, Jurassic Park’s the only movie I’ve seen where the conversion was actually good. In the others, it made the movie worse, not better.

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