For Jurassic Park’s twentieth anniversary, the film-makers have seen fit to release this blockbuster in 3D and IMAX versions. While 3D does nothing to enhance the film, largely because the original was so well made and exquisitely shot, seeing this thriller in the giant IMAX format is a pure delight.
It was also great to be reminded of this film’s excellent cast, all of whom are given great lines. Sam Neil and Bob Peck had already established themselves as leads in two of the best dramatic TV series of the 80s (Riley Ace Of Spies and Edge Of Darkness respectively), Laura Dern was fresh off two excellent performances in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, Jeff Goldblum was perhaps the biggest star at the time, though film-goers were also have been very familiar with Wayne Knight from the hit comedy Seinfeld. Although Richard Attenborough was a well known star, Jurassic Park was actually his first feature film since 1979. And of course, we cannot forget a remarkably young looking Samuel L. Jackson.
Despite being heralded as the first true CGI blockbuster, much of what makes Jurassic Park stand out today feels like a reminder of an older era of film-making – a strong cast, great dynamic cinematography, fantastic sounds and a clear, well written story.