Jurassic Park ★★★★½

I finally got this on bluray and watched it in HD for the first time. Of course, it was likely my twentieth time seeing Jurassic Park overall, but the fresh, crystal clear perspective helped. Our son went to the in-laws' house for the weekend, so my wife and I ordered some Japanese takeout, got some special beers and wine, and played this movie at rip-roaring volume, as god intended. What a ride.

After Indiana Jones and then Back to the Future, Jurassic Park cemented the foundation of the modern blockbuster movie. Centered more on its central concept and plot than on the characters, it still manages to produce more awe, more focus, more emotional resonance, and more genuine fun than all of its sequels put together, much less the myriad tentpole features that have cropped up in the 27 years since its release.

I actually thought to watch this one because it was my mom's birthday - she would have been 70 this year. More than almost any other big movie from my childhood, I vividly recall watching Jurassic Park in the theater. I remember it was 108 degrees out that day in California. I remember playing Street Fighter II in the lobby and sharing a massive popcorn with my sister and cousin. Most of all I remember my mom and aunt jumping out of their seats with a shriek during the raptors-in-the-kitchen scene, specifically the shot where a raptor jumps up toward the camera in the ceiling. Us kids were cackling and poking the moms, reveling in the sheer immersive dorkiness of the moment, their vulnerability showing in such a funny way. Everyone was just as into the movie, just as hypnotized by that point, but my mom and her sister just embodied it perfectly. I've thought about that every time I see the scene and it still makes me smile.

So yeah, this is a great movie and I was kinda crazy to give it just four stars last time.

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