Dave’s 3-Word Review:
3D is Unnecessary
There are good movies, there are great movies, and there are groundbreaking movies. Groundbreaking films, otherwise known as timeless classics, have held multiple titles throughout the many years. Some you would recognize such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Godfather, as well as countless others. It is without question that a deserving addition to the list was 1993’s Jurassic Park. JP defined film history in so many different ways that it is hard not to think of it as one of the best films ever made, period. Of course, with all of the re-releases in 3D, it was only a matter of time before this astonishing dino-flick would be considered for a 3D re-release. However, it will be a long time before anyone stops wondering if it was or was not a good idea to even go back to the past to convert it. While JP3D has been considered one of the best converted 3D films, was IMAX necessary?
The plot of the film shouldn’t even have to be told. Almost everyone knows the story, but for those that are clueless, this may offer some insight. Archeologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) join Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Gennaro (Martin Ferrero), and John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) in order to endorse Jurassic Park, an upcoming tourist attraction that houses live dinosaurs cloned from DNA found inside fossilized mosquitos. Ian believes that these scientists, are in essence, playing God, and messing with things that shouldn’t be messed with. No matter how hard they try to control the animals, life will find a way, as it always has before. Alan and Ellie find the dinosaurs quite stunning, but even they say they can’t easily predict how it would be for humans to interact with dinosaurs. Pretty soon, they were right, and they are running for their lives.
You see, while they are investigating the dinosaurs habitats, there is a sinister plot happening at the same time. Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) has been planning to sell the dinosaurs DNA to a third party, and to do that, he shuts down the dinosaurs fences and cages, after all…he had to get out quietly. The shut-off caused the dinosaurs to escape, which then results in our heroes find some way, any way to survive their untimely predicament.
The story in this film is downright brilliant. Unlike other films that attempt to throw everything at an audience because they believe that is what they want to see, this one takes its time. Just because it has a slow opener doesn’t mean that is bad, in fact it is very good. It is tense, it is funny, and it is very well planned-out. Spielberg knew exactly how to add in the right about of humor and seriousness into his films, and that is a part of why he is considered one of the best directors of our time. He is brave and takes risks with his features, unlike any director out there. For Spielberg, risks equal reward.
It is quite compelling at how amazing the CGI looks in the movie, even for today’s standards, it is quite impressive. The times where the dinosaurs are actually puppets or animatronics were a bit obvious to the modern viewer, but the films age contribute to its affect. In layman’s terms, it just doesn’t matter how obvious or real it looks. The story, acting, sets, and phenomenal score could entertain even a blind person. It is unbelievably good…so why the 3D?
Well, for one, the movie was almost already made as a 3D film. Spielberg himself has said that he pretty much wanted the movie to be 3D, but the technology was simply not ready (even though 3D has been around nearly as long as film itself). The visuals of the film made it very easy for the producers and editors of the film to get a good grasp on depth for recreating the simulated 3D for certain scenes. So, does the 3D actually look good? Yes it does, absolutely in some regards; in others you may be able to notice the harsh cutoff points, especially in IMAX theaters. So now you must ask yourself why IMAX?
Sure, IMAX often has an astonishingly beautiful display, and 3D simply adds to that beauty, but when studios claim they can “enhance” the picture to look just as well on an IMAX screen, that just sounds like the hogwash you would hear on your typical episode of FOX’s hit show, “24”. You cannot enhance it, and if you were to see this flick in IMAX, you would notice that while there are some great and even impressive shots, you can tell how blurry the picture is after the enhancement, the quality of film is definitely not up to par with today’s standards, and you can unfortunately tell. IMAX films don’t really start up with movie trailers, but a short countdown showing how powerful IMAX 3D truly is. Those ten seconds are more impressive and mind-blowing than any of the movie itself. It is simply better to see the film on a regular screen…no need for IMAX. If you are to see an IMAX film, watch one that was filmed on IMAX film.
Regardless of quality, the movie is still one of the best movies ever made, and seeing it in theaters again is an experience that shouldn’t be missed, especially for those that haven’t seen it in theater. It does not need 3D and it definitely does better without the IMAX name, but it is also respectfully fun to check out at the same time.
Jurassic Park: 3D came to theaters on April 5, check it out today!