Review – Jurassic Park 3D

Jurassic Park 3D Poster

Twenty years ago dinosaurs became cool thanks to a little film called Jurassic Park.  I’m going to assume you’ve seen it already, and if you haven’t, you probably just don’t have any interest in seeing a bunch of people trying to avoid getting eaten by velociraptors while stuck in a theme park created by Scottish Santa Claus when it is sabotaged by Seinfeld‘s Newman.

If any classic film might be able to justify the argument for a 3D conversion, Jurassic Park has to be it.  After all, lush landscapes and terrifying T-Rex’s seem to be just begging to be in your face.  Sadly, that is not the case.

It’s not such egregious a job as I am told many post converted 3D films are (this was the first 3D movie I have seen, to my knowledge, that was not filmed in the format).  It doesn’t (usually) detract, but it fails to add anything either.  At worst, characters and scenery have a cardboard cutout feel to them, and at best the depth of the landscapes looks pretty.  For the most part, if I wasn’t wearing the uncomfortable and glare inducing IMAX glasses, I wouldn’t have realized I was watching something in 3D half the time.

In addition to the 3D not feeling worth the extra price of admission, the picture is also not quite as sharp as we are now accustomed to.  With a twenty year old movie being blown up into IMAX, that can be expected.  It wasn’t horrible, but I did notice it.

In the end, for being such an old movie (don’t you feel old now?), it holds up remarkably well.  The combination of digital and physical affects stand the test of time, and it’s still a well made, fun film.  I don’t know that it’s worth shelling out IMAX 3D cash for, but this is a great chance to see it on the big screen if you missed it the first time around, or to share it with a younger generation.

Mrs. Hamster Says:

“Still a good movie, but it didn’t need to be remade in 3D.”

My Rating:  Two out of Five Hats for the 3D.  It’s still as good of a movie today as twenty years ago.

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(Honest)Trailer:

Jurassic Park 3D opens for a limited time in 26,000 theaters April 5th, in 3D