• Reading the RT reviews— the reaction to the film from critics in 1993 is demonstrably different than 2013 (re-release). Critics in 2013 adore the film. It’s not quite on the level of like Big Lebowski in terms of the 180 from the critics but “68/100” original score turned into mostly “genre classic” and plenty of “masterpieces”
  • Its part horror film (and what a horror film), part technical fx achievement and part Jaws (more specific because of Spielberg) and King Kong reboot- Goldbloom even references “King Kong” with those doors entering the park
  • The build-up is from Jaws—it actually takes an hour into the movie before we see T-Rex (except here unlike the 1975 film the actual monster looks terrific) or a Raptor—I feel like the water shaking effect is like a shark fin
  • The characters are great- Attenbourogh is affable and arrogant- Malcolm is a great character. Yes- they are archetypes (some compare it to a teen horror movie with a nerd (love Wayne Knight’s Oppenheimer pic, jolt, etc), outdoorsman, girl, jock, etc but it’s really well done- closer to like the architypes used in John Ford’s Stagecoach
  • I can’t call it a meditation on the subjects but it’s surely a cautionary tale on ambition and greed—and I think there’s an interesting read of the film with Attenborough as Spielberg- he’s a theme-park maker—he’s in that room with his editor and cameraman taking the audience for a ride like Attenborough is with Samuel L and Wayne Knight
  • That score by John Williams—one of his best… the Font from the film, the logo/poster—all stunning
  • Spielberg puts his kids in the film and the subject of divorce (even if it’s just brushed past)—it’s a great touch
  • It’s epic filmmaking as well- great establishing shot work with the helicopter arrival on the island and first shot of the dinosaur
  • It’s not a flawless film (perhaps why I don’t have as masterpiece and I don’t think it’s quite on the level of Jaws)— it suspends my belief a little that this is the weekend that they are having all the employees off the island or that if they are evacuating that they don’t evacuate everyone—– it’s transparent plot mechanics— also- from a production standpoint a few shots out in the wild look like a studio backlot at best (some could argue a high school play papier-mache) specifically I’m talking about the tree where Grant and the kids sleep in the see and see the brontosaurus
  • It’s a stunner of a finale- I love the composition and the shot with the T-Rex of the “When the dinosaurs ruled” banner coming down. It’s gorgeous
  • Must-See film- top 5 of the year quality for sure