So, yeah, you could say I had dinosaurs on the brain for quite some time.
As interests come and go, my obsession with Jurassic Park gradually transitioned to an obsession with nerddom in general and horror more specifically, but it has always held a warm place in my heart. Earlier this year, during its 3D rerelease into theatres, I took my wife to see it, and I am more than happy to report that the magic was still there. The movie still could make me feel like that kid, just sitting back and saying "wow" as dinosaurs came to life on screen. So, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest summer movies of all time, I'd like to show off my list of 10 random things I've always loved, mixed with a few things I've learned to love as a cynical adult, about Jurassic Park. Enjoy!
1. The first time we really see a dinosaur
2. The long, drawn out way Muldoon yells "Shoot her!" during the first raptor attack
3. Ray Arnold's offscreen death
4. Gennaro's less than offscreen death
It also leads to one of my favorite movie exchanges of all time:
"I think this was too."
6. The sudden, completely random, bottomless pit that appears during the T-Rex attack
7. How little impact the dinosaurs breeding subplot adds
8. Jeff Goldblum
I'm OK with that if you guys are.
9. The Opening Trumpet blast as the helicopter's swooping in on the island
10. The wildly improbable finale
Please tell me I'm not the only kid who thought the summer of 1993 was the most awesome time to be alive. If you remember and love Jurassic Park, or have your own favorite random moment from it, sound off in the comments below!
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