FILM FANS: 3-D is a hit and miss for 'Jurassic Park'

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3 out of 4 stars

"Jurassic Park" was released in 1993 and won three Academy Awards (for sound, mixing and visual effects). And now, those who missed it the first time have an opportunity to see it on the big screen with added 3-D effects.

Director Stephen Spielberg makes "Jurassic Park" fun, touching and exciting as well. Sam Neill and Laura Dern are likable as Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler. Also enjoyable are Richard Attenborough (as the feisty John Hammond) and Jeff Goldblum (who plays a quirky scientist) in supporting roles. The John Williams score features a stirring main theme, making effective use of brass, strings and woodwinds. If you can look beyond Spielberg's occasional heavy-handedness in the direction, overacting (especially from the children) and a couple of continuity errors, you will enjoy this adventurous tale of one man's dream of creating a theme park where dinosaurs once again walk the earth.

Sadly, the 3-D effects do little to enhance the story. And since they were added after the fact, there are just a couple moments that are "in your face" (mainly a few scenes in which the dinosaurs run amok toward the end of the movie). Note for parents: "Jurassic Park" earns its PG-13 rating because of several scenes of intense terror and a couple on-screen deaths.

-- Paul Tate, Sugar Hill

3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

I have to confess, I was more than skeptical about this movie. With so many mediocre remakes and "enhanced" versions of older movies coming out lately, I was not convinced that this one would be any different, and I was prepared to be disappointed once again. After seeing it, however, I am happy to report that I was completely wrong, and should apologize for my preconceived notions.

Transforming this movie into 3-D was a masterstroke and I actually enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the original. At times, it seemed that the original version was made with the intent of eventually re-mastering it when the technology was available, and re-releasing it in 3-D as soon as possible. Many of the scenes in the newer version actually appeared to have been made with this idea in mind. As absorbing and frightening as the original was, presenting it in 3-D made the entire movie that much better, and even more realistic. As difficult as it is to improve on something originally done so well, the producers here have made the film into the version it should have been in the first place.

Amazing, exciting and more than worth the few extra dollars, I would encourage anyone who is a fan of the original to go and see this movie. I may even wait a few weeks and see it again, but this time in IMAX. Although it may be a bit too realistic for the youngsters, most others will love it. It is a very well-done and entertaining movie.

-- Steve Kalberg, Lawrenceville

1 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

This retread on the edge of technology is nothing special and falls way short of the 1993 original due to the original miscast of actors, an inept screenplay and poor 3-D. First of all, Laura Dern, who plays Dr. Ellie, still adds zero to the entertainment value. Moreover, the lines are sophomoric and staid. The 3-D effects are also nondescript and a complete letdown as well. You've invested a premium for admission and over an hour elapses before any action starts, which is a lot of sugar for what people have come to see as the 3-D is more like 1-D.

But to begin with we still have a pair of doctors playing in the dirt in the Badlands out West pretending to be paleontologists. Then, out of nowhere, a Scottish gent enters the scene and entices them to come to South America to evaluate his dinosaur theme park. While there they meet other characters, some of who will soon become appetizers for the mean guys, who erupt in a bad way. Then the last hour morphs into a hide-and-seek game as they run from the dinosaurs gone wild crowd.

Trust me nothing is special here, despite the 3-D hype and hoopla, but some worn-out dialogue and a pair of useless glasses.

-- Rick Wright, Auburn