“Welcome to Jurassic Park”- a theme park with a difference and a bite.

In 1993, when this blockbuster was released it made such a splash, CGI technology was making massive leaps in the special effects world and we, the public, were getting to see things we never thought we would. The dinosaurs looked realer than ever before coupling the visual with the sounds and the incredible direction of Steven Spielberg, it kicked open the door of room ‘what is possible’ and declared itself a resident.

Pretty much everyone has seen this so this is a throwback review, it was the first time I had seen it in 20 years and what a ride it still is. It is amazing how brilliantly Mr Spielberg handles the set pieces and manages to ratchet up the tension.

Sure, there are some hokey lines in there but the killer lines outweigh any okey-hokey-ness. Most of the best lines are delivered by Jeff Goldblum playing chaotician, Dr Ian Malcolm:

“What have they got in there? King Kong?”

“Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”

“Must…go…..Faster” etc etc.

Some of the acting is a little slippy sloppy, veering off into cartoon territory but this is outweighed by the sheer scope of the film. Special acting mentions go to Bob Peck “Clever girl” and Jeff Goldblum having the time of his life tic’ing away as the rock star scientist.

Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, this does what it can to translate the excitement of the book onto celluloid whilst at the same time allowing the children in. Dean Cundey is on cinematographic duties and manages to shoot us a world that looks epic, real and scary. This is the ultimate theme park ride realised as a film, in the tradition of Westworld and does what it says on the box. Finally, the mighty John Williams is on usual Spielberg soundtrack duties and creates a big score for a big film; pure iconography.

I watched it as a precursor to the watching Jurassic World and it remains highly enjoyable.








The evolution of cinema; the battle between celluloid and digital.

The old wise master and the young padwaan upstart.

This is a new world, as it changes and technology grows the facilities become clearer, improved, maybe not with the exact quality as the original but with freedom to do more, just differently.
Can film survive our digital future?

The death of the old master.

Keanu Reeves produces and acts as the interviewer in this fascinating documentary about the birth of digital film technology and the experience and artistic possibilities that celluloid film has.

One can see the many benefits of this new technology that is taking over and shoving celluloid out of the way. The new alpha. There is a certain look that shooting on film gives that digital has yet to fully emulate.

It is like the difference between the beautiful, spacious delivery of music played on a piece of vinyl to the compressed, generic sound of the cd format. Sure, the higher the quality of digital used (FLAC) the more sounds you will hear but it will never be the same as sticking Miles Davis’ A Kind of Blue on your turntable and hearing it with all that space.

The same can be said for digital film, especially for purists, for most, as long as it looks good then no problem. There will always be the vinyl/celluloid pimps out there flying the banner high for their religion of choice and that is a good thing.

Change will happen whether one likes it or not. The world is in a constant state of flux, so as it twists and turns it is becoming increasingly futile to try and hold onto the old without acknowledging or even embracing the new.

Lots of big directors are featured here, George Lucas and James Cameron obviously but also Martin Scorsese (3d Hugo), Richard Linklater, David Fincher, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez as well as a plethora of lauded cinematographers (Walter Murch, Roger Deakins), editors and colourists all eschewing their wonderful, informed, expert opinions on the subject in hand.

Ultimately, if you are a fan of cinema, this will surely educate and enlighten you on the ways of the cinematic technology.

Film or Digital…you decide….you decide.