Yes, it's true: before last Tuesday, I had never seen Jurassic Park. Clark thought that I had committed a crime against movie culture, but I have to admit - even though I like dinosaurs and like a good action movie, I didn't ever have much desire to see it.
What is a little bit strange though, is that author Michael Crichton died the day we watched it. I mean really...after not seeing it my entire life, the creator of the entire storyline dies the day I see it for the first time. How odd.
I think if I would have seen the movie when it was released, I would have been more impressed. It wasn't bad, though. I was expecting a little more action, actually. I was expecting mutant dinosaurs destroying the planet and blood and guts and gore, but what I saw was a bit tame for my tastes. It was more than appropriate for a middle-school crowd, which is fitting since all my friends went to see it in middle school.
The effects were not very outdated by today's standards for what they were trying to accomplish. The dinosaurs were real-looking, I suppose, but I really don't have a basis for comparison.
I felt like there were quite a few aspects of the story that never developed. For example, the main science dude found some dino eggs, which obviously indicated that the dinosaurs had adapted and begun to breed. But other than making that statement, it went nowhere. My suspicion is that the book didn't leave any loose ends like the movie did. That happens with a lot of movies based on books. There just isn't enough time in a feature film to delve into the deeper parts of some stories. Maybe I'd be better off to read the book, but who am I kidding? I'm not a reader.
So, in conclusion, I don't feel like I wasted my time watching the movie. It was, after all, one of the biggest movies during my lifetime so far, and I should have seen it. But I don't think I will watch it again, nor do I have any interest in watching the other movies in the Jurassic Park series. At least now I'll get the jokes when other TV shows mock the movie.