Life, uh, finds a way. And Jurassic Park finds a way to climb up the streaming charts too. The beloved Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill-starring original is at #10 on HBO Max and climbing. Those who have seen the latest trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World Dominion will know these three will be joining each other on-screen again for the first time since the timeless OG was released in 1993.
None of the sequels have quite been able to conjure the magic of the original. Jurassic Park truly captured the hearts and minds of audiences when it hit theatres, making them believe dinosaurs could walk the Earth. The movie put together an absolute dream team to make the magic happen. First, you take a solid Michael Crichton novel that combines science and thrills in an enrapturing way. Next, you hire Stephen Spielberg, master of the blockbuster, to direct. Of course, you also hire John Williams to make an iconic score. Mix that with a dynamite cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, BD Wong, Wayne Knight, and Samuel L. Jackson and you can’t lose.
If you’ve managed to avoid seeing the original Jurassic Park up to this point, you’re in for a treat. In the movie, an eccentric entrepreneur named John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) uses advanced scientific technology to clone real-life dinosaurs from DNA samples in amber. To test the park, he invites his two grandchildren and paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), paleobotanist Ellie Satler (Laura Dern), and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Needless to say, the visit doesn’t go quite to plan, and the dinos break free.
Jurassic Park has everything you could want out of a blockbuster. You get thrills, a great story, and great performances from Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and the rest of the cast. Of course, you also get fearsome dinosaurs. And I do mean fearsome. Despite coming out in 1993, the dinosaurs still hold up to this day. The perfect mix of practical and digital effects really bring the dinosaurs to life. The special effects innovations used in Jurassic Park would go on to have a massive impact on Hollywood special effects as a whole. To encapsulate the perfection of Jurassic Park, there are two particularly amazing scenes to check out. First is the scene where the visitors to the island first see a Brachiosaurus for the first time. The soaring score, the direction from Spielberg, and the dinos themselves make the audience feel the same reaction as the characters. Next is the T-Rex escape scene, which is a masterclass of suspense.
Jurassic Park had no trouble at the box office either. Being a Stephen Spielberg-directed blockbuster with dinosaurs made it an almost surefire hit. It grossed over a billion worldwide and is still in the top 50 highest-grossing movies of all time. Critics and audiences absolutely loved it too. It currently holds a 92% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 91% from audiences. It’s usually doesn’t get much better than that. The Academy also recognized the greatness of this classic, handing it awards for Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects. The sci-fi film community especially loved the film, with the Saturn awards handing out nominations left and right to the crew and cast members like Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. And no, Stephen Spielberg didn’t get nominated for Jurassic Park at the Oscars that year. He was too busy winning that award for Schindler’s List. John Williams also was seemingly robbed of a Best Score nomination for Jurassic Park…until you realize he won that award for Schindler’s List too. It would be pretty hard for them to give two nominations in the same category I suppose.
So, whether you’ve seen this amazing blockbuster or not, there’s never a bad time to watch Jurassic Park. You can currently catch it on HBO Max and meet the beloved characters portrayed by Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum all over again before seeing them reunite in Jurassic World Dominion in the Summer of 2022. While I can’t promise you’ll love the new movie, at least you always have the original to turn to when you need your fix of dinosaurs.