Valdosta Daily Times


April 16, 2013

‘42’ hits a home run


VALDOSTA — “Jurassic Park 3-D” (Adventure/Science-Fiction: 2 hours, 8 minutes)

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rated: PG-13 (Intense science-fiction terror and thematic elements and some brief gore)

Movie Review: A team led by John Hammond (Attenborough) has created a way to bring dinosaurs back to life through the process of cloning and other scientific technology. They have created an island full of living dinosaurs of various types. Hammond invites four individuals Dr. Alan Grant (Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Dern), Dr. Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) and Hammond’s two grandchildren to Jurassic Park for a chance to see dinosaurs up close. After one of the park’s employees sabotages the security network to steal for a rival competitor, plans go awry when dinosaurs escape their habitats. 

Based on observing the little girl seated in front of me, this 1993 film, an adaptation of 1990 novel by Michael Crichton, may be too scary for young children. The girl kept telling her mother that she was tired of scary dinosaurs. Even more, she kept yelling, I will not look any more. Clearly, she was terrified. This did not stop her mother and older siblings from enjoying this action, science-fiction piece. 

Some films have greater impact when they debut. Their purpose is for, or at least work for, the time in which they originated. Twenty years ago, “Jurassic Park” was a groundbreaking film. It was a grand spectacle as only famed Spielberg and big producers could create. It worked as great entertainment.

It is still good entertainment, and it is still a grand adventure that makes dinosaurs interesting. A certain awe remains when watching this.

However, this film appears campy watching it now. The plot is not nearly as serious as it seemed when first viewing this film years ago. Some scenes are really funnier now than years ago. While too scary for small fries, this film’s aim really was younger audiences and their adult companions. This appears more evident now than when it debuted.

Still, this should not detour one from seeing it in 3-D. It remains moving entertainment. Special effects and animatronics are still captivating. Three-dimensional aspects make it more riveting, enhancing its value for modern audiences.

Grade: B+ (A park worth visiting.)


“Scary Movie V” (Comedy: 1 hour, 25 minutes)

Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Rated: PG-13 (Profanity, violence, nudity, gore, sexuality, drug-alcohol reference, and crude humor)

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