One of my earliest memories at the movies is sitting in a darkened cinema as Jurassic Park begins… the rustle of leaves in the dark, me clutching my seat in fear as that first, perfect velociraptor shriek echoes through the theatre.
I’d like to say that Jurassic Park inspired my enduring love of film – I would rewatch it countless times in the preceding years – but, honestly, it mostly inspired a love of dinosaurs.
The anniversary 3D re-release holds up better than you’d expect; the special effects, John William’s goosebump-inducing theme and the sheer exhilaration of the film are as effective as they were two decades ago. It was an experience I was glad to relive.
The 3D transfer is well done; it’s occasionally distracting, but especially effective during the centrepiece of the film: the first appearance of the T-rex. I’m not a big fan of 3D in general, but modern 3D is wonderful at capturing transparent barriers – like the car windows and sunroof in this scene – that you’d ignore in 2D. When the immense tyrannosaurus crashes its way through the sunroof for the first time, it’s like a physical barrier has been breached, and improves upon an already amazing scene.