NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

April 4, 2013

3-D doesn't hurt, but this Spielberg classic didn't need it

(Continued)

Spielberg’s been inclined to use children in his stories, such as with “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” to provide both a youthful enthusiasm and a childlike perspective. He gets both from Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards (who are now 30 and 33 years old, respectfully). The youngsters in a Spielberg movie also represent the wide-eyed way the director looks at the world.

It’s all capped off with the same kind of dry humor — mostly provided by Jeff Goldblum — that helped make his “Indiana Jones” movie so popular. Spielberg has found the right rhythm to use humor to accent the tension of dramatic moments.

Because Spielberg has included all of these elements with such skill, “Jurassic Park” remains one of his greatest cinematic accomplishments. It’s an exciting ride, even on TV. Getting to see the movie on a massive screen reinforces just how masterful it is.

If releasing the film in 3-D is the only way to get it back in theaters, then the gimmick is an acceptable addition. The 3-D is good. But when a movie is this near-flawless, nothing is needed to make it better.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Special Features