How vivid are your memories at 3?
I do remember a lot of 30-year-olds in Jurassic Park t-shirts, and that T-Rex logo is etched in my memory. I also remember not being allowed to see the movie for what seemed like forever – certainly not until several years after the craze had peaked. Oh, but the delay just made the gratification all the better. When I finally got to see it, I was amazed, thrilled, scared, excited. All of that from a VHS on a regular ’90s TV – none of that Blu-Ray LCD supercalifragitastic technology we have now. Then I read the book. I re-watched the movie. My boyhood interest in dinosaurs was ignited.
Then Jurassic Park slowly waned. People moved on to newer exciting movies. Steve Spielberg – I call him Steve – is always coming out with the next big thing, after all. I lost interest. This also coincided with the beginning of my interest in girls, so maybe there are some confounding variables there. For years Jurassic Park was no more than, “Oh yeah, that movie, that movie was incredible dude,” and disappointment on my part when I realized that apparently I was the only person who had read the book – in the book Alan loves kids and Malcolm is way more sassy.
So when I saw that the movie was being re-released in 3D, and I found myself with nothing to do on a Sunday, I felt I had to go. I owed it to 7-year-old Tino.
If I had to describe the experience in a word, it would be wonderful. I wasn’t amazed, thrilled, scared or excited. I knew what was going to happen, and the graphics weren’t anything we haven’t seen a hundred times by now. But it was wonderful. Some movies don’t translate well to 3D. This movie did. The 3D provided depth to the scenery – you understood just how dense the foliage was, how huge the brachiosaurus was, and how mind-blowingly terrifying it might be to have a T-Rex right in front of your face. I understood, and appreciated, the soundtrack more. I remember it well from when I saw the movie the first 20 times, but it resonated with me more now – after all, the movie was meant to resonate with people who were my age in 1993. Let’s not forget Laura Dern, aka the sexiest paleo-botanist I’ve ever seen.
Okay, the only paleo-botanist I’ve ever seen. They all look like that, right?
But I think I found the movie wonderful because it was an appropriately updated version of a movie that was nostalgic for me. All they did was make it 3D – standard movie technology at this point. So it gave me a chance to see the movie on the big screen, almost as if I had been 22 back in 1993. And that was a wonderful experience.
If I had to take any points off, it would be that I was subjected to ’90s fashion in 3D on a very large screen. But, as it turns out, skinny jeans were starting even then. Just look at Jeff Goldblum playing Ian Malcolm. What a lovely thought that today’s hipsters are emulating 1993′s Jeff Goldblum.