I had originally planned to spend the day doing house work. Instead, my daughter convinced me to have a movie day with her. I told her about Jurassic Park, and she was really into the idea of a zoo full of dinosaurs. She’s four, and I have seen Jurassic Park since I was a kid, so we made popcorn, ordered in lunch and binge watched the first three movies while my wife worked in the other room. Yes, I’m still on vacation, I am not unemployed yet. Not for another two weeks anyway.
I forgot how much I loved Jurassic Park, and how obsessed I was with dinosaurs. When I was 12 I thought I was going to be a palaeontologist when I grew up, then I got into “the arts” and that was the end of that. But, it is nice to see that dinosaur fascination in my daughter’s eyes. I remember having every book I could find in them. Even magazine subscriptions. If I can find those old books and magazines I may just have to hand them down to her.
I don’t think I ever saw the two sequels before, but I did enjoy the sequels. The third one was actually pretty good, but one actress seems to be there just to run around screaming. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. Still, despite loving the movies, it felt like we were watched the same movie three times, just with slightly different casts and locations. For example:
- Movie opens with an offscreen dinosaur attack/death.
- Need to recruit scientists for help.
- “Let’s tour dinosaur island!”
- “Oh no! ___________, who we have only known a few hours, is badly hurt and/or dead because dinosaurs.
- Survivors manage to get rescued/save the day for the rest of the world.
- The can of shaving cream never resurfaces.
- The end?
On the weekend we may attempt watching the Jurassic World movies. I heard there is a third one coming out with Sam Neil reprising his role of Dr. Alan Grant, so it might be time to get caught up on the movies I have missed.