If Hollywood can find a way to make an extra buck, believe me they are going to do it. There is not a better example than the 3D craze that has taken over Hollywood since James Cameron made a billion dollars with his 3D opus Avatar. After that film everything from The Avengers to Harold and Kumar had to be in 3D. It’s not just new releases that are getting the 3D treatment, but classic films like Finding Nemo and this week’s Jurassic Park 3D.
It’s hard to believe that Jurassic Park is 20 years old. It seems like yesterday Steven Spielberg’s adventure about cloning gone awry was changing the computer visual FX field along with another Cameron film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Jurassic Park was a monster hit and still holds up as a great piece of intense action to this day. So why not cash in on the 20th anniversary and have the Raptors burst out of the screen in 3D?
Now I’m not going to lie. I’m not a fan of the whole 3D phase Hollywood is going through. I don’t understand why a movie like The Great Gatsby is in 3D. I have seen also seen numerous 3D movies that the focus just didn’t seem right. There were image trails and certain shots that are meant to be out of focus are amplified into a blurry mess with the 3D conversion. When I saw Jack the Giant Slayer they had to restart the movie three times because of the 3D projector problem. The 3D experience is at times ruining the movie going experience. That being said, if you are going to release a classic film in 3D, Jurassic Park seems like a prime candidate.
Let’s face it, Jurassic Park was meant for 3D. I may not be a fan of 3D conversion, but I have to say Jurassic Park is a great 3D upgrade. The island shots look beautiful and obviously the dinosaurs leap off the screen. Standout 3D scenes include the T-Rex encounters, the Gallimimus herd and the intense Raptor kitchen scene. The 3D was so impressive that it made my wife jump out of her seat when the Raptor lunges through the cables at Laura Dern. Jurassic Park was never really given the credit it deserved for having some real scares, but there’s no denying the dinosaur threat in 3D.
I’m sorry if this article was more of a rant about the 3D format in cinemas rather than a review. Jurassic Park is twenty years old and has made a ton of money. Most of us have seen the film and realize Jurassic Park is a classic. I’m not against 3D, I just think it should only be used for certain films that will create something fresh like Life of Pi. Jurassic Park 3D gives us an enjoyable new way to experience the film. This is one of the few instances where I would shell out the extra money for a 3D rerelease. Jurassic Park 3D is worth every penny. Let’s just stick to the films that are worthy so we don’t see a rerelease of Weekend at Bernie’s 3D. Overall I give Jurassic Park 3D 3 1/2 genetically engineered potatoes out of 4.
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