By Katherine Leszczynski, Contributor
We’ve all seen it. We’ve all tried recreating the ripple effect in the cup of water. We’ve all said “cleva’ girl” to our friends when they’re smart. And we’ve all squealed when we thought the raptors were going to get the kids in the kitchen.
That’s right, I’m talking about “Jurassic Park.” Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster hit from 1993 (feel old or what?) is back in theaters and, as is everything these days, in 3D. We all know “Jurassic Park” is good, even great. The real question here is, is it worth checking out the 3D effects?
Everyone knows the story of “Jurassic Park.” A rich tycoon (Richard Attenborough) builds a theme park where he has miraculously cloned dinosaurs. To help the park get the OK from his investors, he invites highly respected paleontologists and scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum) to check it out and endorse it. His grandchildren come along too, and before you know it, things don’t go as planned.
This movie is fantastic on its own. It moves at a quick and exciting pace, the dialogue has great comedic moments, and the dinosaurs still stack up to today’s more advanced CGI graphics. Naturally, 3D would just make this all even better right? Not so fast.
I was waiting for the big moment where the 3D would be beneficial and worth the extra two dollars. Honestly, there was no “wow!” moment. I was hoping for scenes with the T-Rex jumping out at me or the raptors getting scarier in 3D, but I actually forgot I was wearing the glasses halfway through until some plants looked closer than usual.
However, just because the 3D isn’t great doesn’t make the movie any less of a classic. If you’ve never seen the film before, there’s no better time than now. If you have seen it, trust me, seeing it again after a few years is like seeing it for the first time. It will amaze you how good the special effects still look after 20 years.
Is the 3D worth it? Not really. If you know someone who owns “Jurassic Park,” borrow it from them.