Friday, April 19, 2013

Dinosaurs aren't scarier in the third dimension

10 years later, new effects don't change a classic

By Rachel Diebel, A&E Writer

Everyone knows 3D is supposed to be the way all movies will be made in the future.
   
Audiences are repeatedly told this, despite the fact that very few movies use 3D in a way that is eye - popping. More often, it makes you want to gouge your eyes out.
   
Even more dramatic movies, like the upcoming “The Great Gatsby” remake, are turning to 3D to seem fresh and hip to the movie-going audience.

   
Additionally, a recent trend has been to rerelease old movies in 3D. From Disney classics like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” to the epic flick “Titanic,” studios are grabbing this chance to make extra cash and running with it.
   
Typically this is nothing more than another symptom of Hollywood’s recent lack of original material, but sometimes movies are meant to be seen on the big screen.
  
 First released in 1993, “Jurassic Park” was an instant hit. Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, “Jurassic Park” follows the story of a young archeologist duo — played by Sam Neill and Laura Dern — lured to a park filled with cloned dinosaurs.
   
Naturally, the many fail-safes put in place to contain the dinosaurs crash when the power goes out.
   
“Jurassic Park” is a wonderfully witty action-adventure when watched at home, on a small screen. Blown up to movie theater size, it gets even better.
   
The special effects hold up surprisingly well. Massive dinosaurs that were frightening in 1993 still make the audience nervous, helped by the surround sound.
   
Viewers experience a T-Rex smashing a jeep to pieces on the big screen, enveloped by the loudest crashing and roaring imaginable.
   
Director Stephen Spielberg’s action-packed sequences play out best at the theater. It’s impossible to get the full effect of a dangerous 40-foot high dinosaur by watching on a two foot TV screen.
   
The 3D itself, though, is lackluster at best, not adding any extra enjoyment to the film. Thankfully, it doesn’t actively distract from the movie.
   
The only 3D-moment worth noting comes toward the end, when the archaeologists and the children they are protecting are trying to escape a room full of velociraptors by crawling through the ceiling.
   
One of the raptors leaps up through the ceiling tiles, which caused at least a few audience members to jump in their seats.
   
The most astounding thing about re-watching “Jurassic Park,” however, is realizing how original it is. Yes, it’s based on a book, but nothing else remotely like it had come out at the time.
  
In today’s world of recycled action movie plots and stale conversations, the freshness of the dialogue came as a friendly reminder of what action movies can be.
   
“Jurassic Park” doesn’t rely on flashy special effects or extended fight scenes to keep its audience interested.
   
Instead, it has the perfect balance of action, effects and dialogue that allow it to keep its heart while still appealing to the masses.