Today the internet collectively lost it’s mind when it was announced that Jeff Goldblum has signed on to reprise his role of Ian Malcolm for Jurassic World 2.
In the summer of 1993 a little movie was about to come out. It promised of very realistic looking dinosaurs attacking humans in a modern setting. I was fascinated with the idea of Jurassic Park. I couldn't wait to see it, but then I discovered that it was a book before they made the movie. As fast as I could I did as many chores as possible to scrounge up the ten bucks it cost to buy this book in paperback form. I was enamoured with this book. First the cover was beautifully simple. It was a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton logo that was raised a bit off the paper so it was a bit bumpy and 3-D. I read the book in two days, using the 90 minute drive down to Six Flags Great America to read as much as I could (motion sickness be damned!) I fell in love immediately with the author and the story. For my birthday, which was only a week before the release date, my Uncle took me to the movie. From the music, to the story, to the stunning visual effects, this movie had moved me and made me a fan of cinematic story-telling forever. Fast forward to 2015 and I had that same tingly feeling going into the anticipation of Jurassic World.
I can remember vividly, seeing the first Jurassic Park film twenty years ago. It was really the first time I saw a film that I had previously read the novel first. I loved Michael Crichton's book and it really got me to read more of his work which in turn, really got me interested in science fiction and in science. The film, however, captured my imagination in a way I wasn't expecting. The way it was shot, the special effects mixed with practical effects and the music made me believe this park could be real. The suspense, the pacing, the acting, the humor, the drama, all of it made for a great film that's stuck with me ever since.