Talk to people about Jurassic Park, and one of the first things you’ll hear is how well it holds up from a visual and special effects perspective, 27 years after its release.
It’s incredibly impressive that this is the case, but it really only tells part of the story as to why this film is still so magic almost three decades on.
The cast and crew reads like a fantasy football team of incredible talent:⠀
Starring: Sam Neill and Laura Dern⠀
Supporting cast: Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L Jackson and Sir Richard Attenborough⠀
Screenplay: Michael Crichton and David Koepp⠀
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy⠀
Editor: Michael Kahn⠀
VFX supervisor: Dennis Muren⠀
Cinematography: Dean Cundey⠀
Composer: John Williams⠀
Director: Steven Spielberg⠀
This is a crack team honed to perfection like a squadron of velociraptors, each one an absolute leader in their field. The film works on every level – cinematic, visual, storytelling, performance, editing – the lot. It’s a wonderful example of how great movies can work long after they have left theatres.⠀
Watching Jurassic Park again today is just as thrilling, just as captivating and just as enchanting as the first time. If anything, it’s better.⠀
For our Jurassic Park companion podcast, we spoke to palaeontologist and Dinosaur Researcher at the Natural History Museum Dr. David Button, who explained:
- Why “Everything you know about raptors is wrong”
- How fast a T. Rex really could have run
- Whether Nedry’s nemesis, the dilophosaurus, could have actually spat venom in his face
David also told us about the fascinating methods that modern palaeontologists use to find out more about dinosaurs than was ever thought possible, as well as its importance in understanding the world we live in today.
We also had the pleasure of speaking to Tom Fishenden from The Jurassic Park Podcast, who chatted with us about everything that makes the movie so magic. We discussed the malfunctioning T. Rex animatronic, the reception the fan community gave to the new sequels and whose story Jurassic Park really is.