There are a lot of films, old and new, coming out in 3D. There are those that nail the usage of the technique, say Avatar or Prometheus. There are those that fail on a technical level or creative usage like the Clash of the Titans remake. As a mammoth fan of all things Star Wars, I found the 3D re-release of Episode I underwhelming. The sense of depth was not great, and I did not feel the conversion adding anything to the film. So although the chance to see Jurassic Park on the big screen is always welcome, I had my reservations about the 3D conversion.
I am not going to really focus on the details of the film itself. Suffice it to say that Jurassic Park is an action/sci-fi/horror classic that I am sure most folks are familiar with. The point I want to make here is that Jurassic Park in 3D was marvelous! It is the perfect example of how 3D, when done well, can actually add something to the experience. The sense of depth accomplished throughout the film was perfect. I saw the film in an RPX theater, and experienced almost no ghosting during the showing. The sense of space really brought the film to life, and some of the film’s set pieces were truly spectacular. The T-Rex assault was glorious, with the rainy conditions really contributing to that sense of depth. One of my favorite moments was later in the film as our heroes are fleeing the velociraptors in the visitor’s center, and one of them leaps up at an air duct, with the camera looking down as the creature jumps up. The 3D effect was awesome. And speaking of effect–the dinos in Jurassic Park still look amazing! The effects have really held up well.
Jurassic Park is all about that sense of wonder. Spielberg captures it so well in that first trip through the park when we see the Brachiosaurus. It is the fist time the visiting experts are seeing live dinosaurs, and they are actually mimicking the awe the audience feels seeing these creatures. Seeing the film in 3D was a great way to make that experience new and rekindle that sense of awe. For my eight year old son sitting next to me, this was a great first visit to the wonders of Jurassic Park, and just his face at this first dino appearance made the whole experience worthwhile. Jurassic Park 3D is a limited release–do not miss it!