Directed by Steven Spielberg
I know a lot of film buffs are probably repulsed by big budget Hollywood movies like this. I have been known to have this attitude as well. I do my best to avoid every superhero movie that comes along. But I actually adore this movie. It has the best of everything Hollywood has to offer: talented stars, a beautiful score, and realistic special effects. And hey, how can you dislike a film that features Samuel L. Jackson saying "Hold onto your butts!"
John Hammond is a billionaire eccentric who is building a theme park populated with genetically cloned dinosaurs. He invites a team of experts to his island to verify the safety of the park. This includes Ian Malcolm, a mathematician, Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist, Alan Grant, a paleontologist, and Donald Gennaro, a lawyer. He also has his two grandchildren, Tim and Lex, come along on the tour, because he is just the worst. I do have to warn everyone that the kids are rather obnoxious. Thankfully, the film has enough redeeming qualities that a couple of bratty children don't completely tank it.
I am unsure if I would like this movie so much if I hadn't read the novel. If I didn't have the background knowledge of the story, I might agree with some of the criticisms that the plot of this is really thin. I do wish some of the characters were more fleshed out like they were in the novel, but I suppose people watch this film to see the dinosaurs. I usually don't get very excited about special effects, but I was in awe of this movie.
Definitely a film you must see before you die, as it is a visually spectacular ride. Hold onto your butts.
Steven Spielberg made $250 million from this film.
George Lucas supervised post production on this film. After seeing the movie, he decided that technology was good enough for him to create the Star Wars prequels. Make of that what you will.
Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern started a relationship after meeting on set.