Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park ★★★★★

Jurassic Park was the first adult novel I ever read and to this day it remains one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I've ever had and one of my favorite books of all-time. I finished it before the movie came out and Steven Spielberg's theatrical adaptation left out so many amazing sequences that it has always kind of left a sour taste in my mouth. Yes, the movie has always been amazing, but what if it had that T-Rex waterfall scene? What about the river-rafting sequence? Jurassic Park has always been a classic movie, but I've always wanted to dock it a few points for not being as good as it could have been.

Those days are over. This movie is a pure masterpiece. Sure, it could have a couple more eye-popping action sequences, but hey, that's what sequels are for. This movie is perfectly paced as it is and it is literally one iconic scene after another. It's a perfect action movie. Spielberg probably should have nabbed two Best Director nominations in 1993-94 (he did get one for Schindler's List) because Jurassic Park is a masterclass on putting together jaw-dropping action scenes and surrounding them with great performances and humor that basically never misses. I'm also blown away by how terrific the visual effects still look almost thirty years later. The dinosaurs look unbelievably real and sound great. It's astonishing. We have movies coming out in the last few years that don't look as good as Jurassic Park did three decades ago.

It's crazy to me that this movie only got Oscar love for effects and sound. It didn't even get a nomination for Best Score despite a theme that is instantly recognizable to this day.

Jurassic Park is an all-time classic and a total game-changer. An absolute masterpiece.

10/10 (Masterpiece)