Jurassic World
Fourth time’s a charm? © Universal Pictures

Jurassic World opens in Singapore on Thursday, and it’s got all of us at Geek Crusade reminiscing about simpler times.

Ah, the old days, where the roar of a CGI dinosaur simultaneously made me shake in my boots and wish that I could be a modern day paleontologist.

While the sequels were lacklustre at best, you can’t deny that the original Jurassic Park (1993) movie reminded kids of why dinosaurs were cool.

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Years later, they despaired when they realised that Ross Geller was their only TV representative for paleontologists. Source: oncecalledsixofone on tumblr

And here’s 4 reasons why we love the Jurassic Park movies so much.

1. That iconic water glass scene.

Mention Jurassic Park to anyone my age, and they’ll immediately think of two things: velociraptors (which I’ll get to), and that famous scene where a T-rex’s footsteps are strong enough to make the water in a glass do the salsa.

I think this was the part where I covered my eyes in the theatre (I was a scaredy-cat!), because regardless of age, when the muffled boom of those footsteps got nearer, you knew that shit was gonna go down.

It’s a classic example of the basic show-not-tell technique in movies, and the simplicity of it was pure genius on Spielberg’s part.

2. Jeff Goldblum

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Are we sure it’s too late to get him back for the fourth movie? © Universal Pictures

While everyone else in the movie was going on and on about how awesome the dinosaurs were, mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) was the only one who called out Hammond (Richard Attenborough) on his greed and lack of foresight.

He was the movie’s voice of reason and moral compass, which of course meant that no one listened to him – until all the dinosaurs started going nuts.

You only wish you were as cool as Dr Ian Malcolm.

3. Movie Science!

Like most kids, I went through a pretty serious dinosaur phase. At one point, I was hellbent on becoming a paleontologist who got to discover new species of fossils.

Then Jurassic Park came along, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the scene where they extract dinosaur blood from a mosquito preserved in amber blew my mind. 

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Source: Jurassic Park Wiki

Scientists have since found out that the dinosaur DNA couldn’t have survived millions of years, even if they were in a mosquito stuck in amber.

But as Hammond explained how they extracted dinosaur DNA from the blood of a mosquito preserved in amber, I was entranced.

To a young me, this was the exact moment when I knew science was cool.

4. DINOSAURS!!!

The best thing about Jurassic Park was – duh – still the dinosaurs.

You know how kids a couple of years ago were obsessed with collecting all of the different kinds of Pokemon in existence?

Well, I was like that with dinosaurs. Not that I could’ve actually collected dinosaurs, but the mere knowledge of their names and characteristics were enough.

Thanks to my misspent youth spent reading every dinosaur book I could get my hands on, to this day, I can still spell archeopteryx (which sadly never featured in the movies) without having to rely on Google for the correct spelling. Ha!

Source: io9.com
Source: io9.com

The velociraptors were undoubtedly the stars of Jurassic Park (and obviously the coolest dinosaur – sorry T-rex) with their speed, agility and intelligence.

Who could forget them ruthlessly taking down Samuel L. Jackson (yep, he was in that too) before hunting down those two kids in the kitchen?

 

So there you have it. Jurassic Park might have spawned two forgettable sequels, but with Chris Pratt taking the lead in Jurassic World, that’s more than enough reason for me to watch it.

Well, him and the dinosaurs.

What are your memories of the Jurassic Park movies? Tell us!