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Dinosaurs Eat Man…Woman Inherits the Earth: Musings On Jurassic Park (Part 2)

Welcome back! To catch up on the first part of this article, you can check it out here. If you’re ready to move on get ready because we’ve spared no expense.

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Meanwhile back at the compound…

We find that Dr. Sadler was smart to abandon the group and has made it safely inside. It has become clear to Hammond, Muldoon and Mr. Arnold that Nedry’s reasons for shutting down the power are super sketch and that he will not be coming back. It’s here that we also learn that the magic word is not “Please”, as my parents had always told me. John Hammond pleads to Muldoon to go back to the now stand-still jeeps and bring his grandchildren back to safety (making no mention of his concerns about the safety of Grant or Malcolm). Muldoon and Sadler go off into the great unknown to bring everyone back. It is here that we are again reintroduced to Dennis Nedry, who has clearly never driven in the rain and unlike John Hammond, did not “spare no expense” on glasses that don’t fog up. He crashes into a post and loses his direction. He drives off a small cliff and becomes stranded. It’s here that we meet my Halloween costume dinosaur, Dilophosaurus. It’s immediately clear that Nedry has no idea what kind of crazy, mystical power this little dino can unleash. After he throws a stick at her and insults her intelligence, Dilophosaurus loses her temper. She flashes her fancy frills and spits her monster-goo at Nedry’s eyes and blinds him. We leave our dear Mr. Nedry as he is slowly and painfully being devoured by this cute little demon-beast.

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Dinosaurs Eat Man…Woman Inherits the Earth: Musings On Jurassic Park (Part 1)

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For those of you that know me, it comes as no surprise to you that I have a tendency to become obsessed with things. My first real obsession came about in 1993. I was 8 years old and that obsession was Jurassic Park. I was already pretty heavily obsessed with dinosaurs at this point, so when I saw the posters and trailers for the movie, I begged my parents to let me see it. It was the first PG-13 movie that I saw in the movie theater (and probably the first PG-13 movie that I had ever seen in general).  After leaving the theater, I promptly begged my mother to take me to the local toy store so I could fill my room with Jurassic Park themed goodies. Over the next few months I spent any money that I had on acquiring more JP items. I had bed sheets, the tent, several T-shirts, pajamas (apparently they only made JP pajamas for boys, naturally curious, I questioned my mom as to why there was a hole in the crotch and that was how I learned that boys pee standing up), I even dressed up as a Dilophasaurus for Halloween that year. Then there’s my most prized possession of all of my JP merch, an item which I still own to this very day, The Jurassic Park Compound. This movie is still in my top 5 all time favorite movies. I love everything about it, the fact that the dinosaurs are robots and costumes and not CGI, the musical score (John Williams is a GENIUS), the cast, everything. That’s not to say that this movie isn’t without its faults. I recently decided to watch this movie and jot down my thoughts as I watched. This was supposed to be a short review but it turned into a play by play plot synopsis, with a smattering of my own thoughts mixed in.

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