I was 12 years old when I saw Jurassic Park in the theater. It was a great experience. The movie was very suspenseful and it felt so much longer than it really was because of the tension. I couldn’t wait for the Lost World to come out so I actually read the book. When I did see the Lost World, I felt it didn’t hold up well compared to the book. I still liked the movie but I didn’t love it. Of course this is one of the first books I read that was eventually turned into a movie so I did not yet realize that book fans are almost always disappointed by movies. When the third movie came out, I was not even aware of it. From what I had heard, it was not that good.
So when I first heard about Jurassic World, I was a bit skeptical. They created a faux corporate website for the new owners of InGen. A short time after they also launched a website for the Jurassic World theme park. So I started getting a bit more interested. Perhaps this was a reboot with a new direction and not just Jurassic Park 4.
So last month I sat down and watched Jurassic Park, The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3. I still really like the first movie though obviously after 22 years of watching movies and being much older, the movie was not as intense as it once was. I liked the Lost World more on this viewing and didn’t even complain that the T-Rex doesn’t poop on the hood of a vehicle and then spread it around with a butt-wiggle like he does in the book. Watching the third movie, I was not expecting much but actually I did not find the movie to be terrible.
So this past Monday I went to see Jurassic World. I was going in with hopes that it would be a good movie and I’m superstitious, if I get to geeked up about a movie, I am usually let down. I gotta say though this movie did not let me down. I don’t think it was better than the original but I would probably say it was my second favorite of the JP movies. Sure there were some parts where I nitpicked while discussing the movie on the ride home. But I can bitch about pretty much every movie and TV show I have seen. There were some cool “Easter Eggs” in the movie too. I saw a few websites talking about the Easter Eggs but some of them seemed to be just grasping or really reaching at what an Easter Egg is. An Easter Egg is supposed to be something that isn’t obvious. It’s somewhat hidden but pretty easy to spot if you are looking for it. I saw references to “There was Jurassic Park merchandise.” Without spoiling the movie, that really isn’t an Easter Egg as it was plain as day and deliberately there. One thing to look for though is a piece of the banner from the original movie. You might recall in Jurassic Park when the T-rex tosses a raptor away and then lets out a yaulp there was a banner that said “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth”:
You might notice part of that banner in Jurassic World.
So is it worth paying money to see in the theater? I don’t regret it at all. If you were a fan of the original, then I think you will enjoy this one as well. If you are interested in seeing the first three movies and you aren’t going to rent them, you can get the DVDs on Amazon for less than $5 each including shipping: Jurassic Park, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. You can also get the Ulimate Edition of the Jurassic Park Trilogy on blu-ray for $30 and it has a bunch of extras like making ofs and deleted scenes and stuff I probably wouldn’t watch myself. If you get it and there’s good stuff on it please share in a comment below!