The first time I went with my parents and sister to see it, I was thrilled and amazed at how Steven Spielberg had taken creatures that went extinct 65 million years ago and put them on the silver screen.
In the car ride home, I tried to convince my parent that somewhere out there they were really cloning dinosaurs (I swear, Mom!) and that in the next few years, we really would be able to go to a zoo or a park and see dinosaurs, just as we would see polar bears, giraffes, lions or any other animal.
Of course, that didn't happen.
It's been almost 22 years to the day that Jurassic Park delighted moviegoers and the film's investors. Spielberg expanded his ever-growing fame and personal fortune thanks to a delightful story, fine acting and most especially, special effects and computer generated imagery that forever changed the movie industry.
After a $1 billion box office, Jurassic Park spawned two sequels that were never able to come close to the original, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. While both were successful at the box office, neither captured the magic of the first movie. Rather, they were both criticized for being little more than a means for the film studio's to milk sales out of a storied franchise.
But now, there's Jurassic World. Created by Colin Trevorrow and executive produced by Spielberg,the film does its damndest to try go back to the roots of the franchise and capture what made Jurassic Park so special. Set twenty-two years after the original in present day Costa Rica, Jurassic World, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard obviously has one major attraction going for it that few other films do -- the films' stars are dinosaurs.