BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
I’m assuming you’ve already seen this movie — it is, after all, the 20th anniversary of the flick (20 freaking years! Whoa, I’m old!) — so I’m not going to go into plot details. If you need a summary, there’s this crazy old dude with a lot of money who thinks it would be a fantabulous idea to create an amusement park with genetically modified dinosaurs. Some people visit, some people die, and the dinos, once again, rule the land.
What I will talk about is the fact that for the 20th anniversary, Universal Studios thought it would be a wonderful idea (read: money-grabbing ploy) to re-release the flick in 3D so that generations old and new can once again experience the power of the dinosaurs on the big screen. I suppose I should also say that I’m not a huge fan of Jurassic Park. I mean, I’ll sit and watch the movies on occasion, but it’s really just not my cup of tea. I really only went to go see it in theatres for my boyfriend because he loves it. (Girlfriend of the year, amiright?)
If you’ve been following the Filles, then you know that we’re all pretty divided when it comes to 3D movies. Some of us love them, some of us hate them, and some of us merely accept and tolerate their existence. This was one of those movies that really, really, really did not need to be in 3D.
I think depending on the movie, 3D can really enhance the experience and look really cool — I’m thinking animated movies, action flicks with huge explosions and so on — but this was not one of them. Maybe because it wasn’t originally intended to be in 3D, it didn’t work, but I really expected more on the 3D front. All we got were some mom jean butt shots, some plants and maaaaybe one dino shot. All in all, not really worth the extra $4 ticket price.
I will give the re-release of the movie some merit. It was really cool to go see a movie in theatres that I was too young to see when it first came out and my friends agreed. Also, if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, go see a movie you don’t care for with two diehard fans. As I was sitting between my boyfriend and another friend who LOVES Jurassic Park, their reactions and recitations kept me entertained for the full two-plus hours.
I’m not going to grade the movie itself, because I’m biased and don’t want any hate mail coming my way. So, I’ll grade the flick based on the incorporation of 3D and making it worthy of this in-your-face movie generation.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.