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Jurassic Park Film review

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"An adventure, 65 million years in the making" When it was announced that multi-award winning director Steven Spielberg was set to direct Michael Crichton's highly acclaimed novel of the same name, the world expected something big. They obviously weren't disappointed, being Spielberg's most successful film to date, surpassing his previous greats of Jaws, ET and Indiana Jones, and not making anything better since. When Steven Spielberg was first offered the screenplay for Jaws, he said he would direct the movie provided that he didn't have to show the shark for the first hour. By slowly building the audience's sense of apprehension, he felt the shark would be much more impressive when it finally arrived. While using the same technique in Jurassic Park could have proved equally effective, Spielberg chose to show the star creatures within twenty minutes of the film's start but actual dinosaur shots are few and far between so as not to over saturate the audience. ...read more.


While it is obvious to the audience from the beginning that Hammond and his crazy schemes will surely spell disaster, his insistence of his parks success, even after the first fatality, makes the irony even more sweet in the end. One of the things that made the film so popular was that it cracked open the Pandora's box of CGI; its computer-generated velociraptors and brachiosaurs inspired legions of other film-makers, including Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and George Lucas (Star Wars Prequels). However as films like Godzilla later proved, creating a monstrous beast and releasing it in a blaze of special effects isn't enough to create a decent movie. Spielberg's sense of timing and tension creates an exciting movie that people still rave about nearly twenty years later. Even so, the film has not entirely lived up to the book's extremely high standard and has been greatly criticised thereof. ...read more.


Spielberg also uses the darkness and torrential rain to create an extremely foreboding atmosphere in which the audience knows right from the start that something terrible is about to happen. The three characters in this scene are all different from each other but still sharing the same sense of fear that everyone watching it also has too. The fascinated Timmy (Joseph Mazzello), confused Lex (Ariana Richards) and completely out of his depth lawyer Gennaro (Martin Ferraro) work well together to create a scene which is incredibly horrifying but equally believable. The editing also adds to the scene with no shot being longer than a few seconds. As a result of this, the pace of the shot is made much faster which helps to increase the sense of impending doom. The last shot however, which is the point that the whole scene has been leading up to is by far the longest, and this final view of the T-Rex is arguably the most important and memorable in the whole film. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Aird ...read more.

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