In spirit of all the Summer Blockbuster I decided to have a little fun and do a top ten list strictly on the best moments from the original Jurassic Park. I didn’t include the sequels because lets be honest, not one moment in any of the sequels is better than any of the moments I have carefully chosen from this original film, which easily holds a solid spot in my TOP TEN favorite films of all time. So here are the top ten moments from one of the greatest films of all time.
“Oh my God. Do you know what this is? This is a dinosaur egg. The dinosaurs are breeding. “ -Dr. Alan Grant
What makes this part so relevant is it’s basic reflection of the stories theme. Part of the reason Jurassic Park is such a prevalent movie goes past it’s monstrous special effects and revels in the depths and accusations against man vs. science vs mother nature.
Even though Hammond has gone wrong and offended nature, creating something he didn’t understand, Nedry is clearly the bad guy in Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs might be terrifying but Nedry’s greedy nature was the ultimate in villainous behavior. When the bad energy he put into the universe finally caught up with him in the form of a baby sized Dilophosaurus that he dismissed because of it’s small size he meets his doom. It’s violent, horrific, and brilliant.
In one of the first scenes Muldoon explains exactly how much a threat these smaller, faster dinosaurs pose:
“They show extraordinary intelligence, even problem-solving. Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, but when she came in she took over the pride and killed all but two of the others. That one… when she looks at you, you can tell she’s working things out.”
Their elusive nature finally comes to a point when their gamekeeper Muldoon, who understands them best meets his end, with the big smart one that set the tone for them from the beginning until the very final scene. If only Muldoon had been around for Grants speech at the beginning of the movie.
“Uh… it’s… it’s a dinosaur!” -Dr. Alan Grant
“They’re moving in herds. They do move in herds.” -Dr. Alan Grant
“I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility… for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it!”
Always the voice of reason, sanity, or insanity, Malcolm was always used as the character to reflect and analyze and finally understand the situations, and world before him. In a cynical mad scientist kind of way, and Jeff Goldblum fully captured that part of Malcolm, while also placating to his over enthusiastic sarcasm in an almost charming way. This scene with the slide show during an awful dinner, the calm before the storm came, with Malcolm’s rational, a prelude to imminent terror.
“Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this “six foot turkey” as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex – he’ll lose you if you don’t move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that’s when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two ‘raptors you didn’t even know were there. Because Velociraptor’s a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this… a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the the middle toe. He doesn’t bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say… no no. He slashes at you here… or here… or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is… you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know… try to show a little respect.”