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April 4, 2013

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


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.

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