(Review originally written at 24 September 2004)

Historically this movie will always be remembered as the first big production using believable SFX and revolutionary CGI. For that alone this movie can already be regarded a classic. But the movie has more to offer. It's typical Spielberg entertainment, meaning that it is good!

The story isn't really important, it actually is kind of weak. The movie is all about the dinosaurs and everything around it is of minor importance, at least for me it is. The movie also has a fairly small cast and the dinosaurs the biggest stars of the movie, especially the raptors and the wonderfully looking T-Rex.

Let's be fair, the main cast isn't very impressive. Although Sam Neill still pulls of alright, Laura Dern isn't the world greatest actress and Bob Peck seems like a big B actor. The supporting cast is more impressive: Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight and B.D. Wong all form a wonderful supporting cast.

I'm not a big fan of the visual style of the movie. For my taste it is just too bright and colorful at times and some of the sets look like they are made out of plastic, as a matter of fact, I think that they were really made out of plastic! And some of the sets are obviously filmed in a studio. Thank goodness that the dinosaurs don't look like plastic!

The movie is tense and exciting but above all entertaining, completely with some typical Spielberg comedy and a John Williams soundtrack.


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