Jurassic Park (1993) "Life... uh... finds a way." Steven Spielberg practically invented the summer blockbuster with Jaws in 1970, and in my opinion Jurassic Park is one of his best films ever. I don't know how many times I've seen this film, honestly. It is an absolute masterpiece, with effects that still hold up today and excellent performances from the entire cast. Jeff Goldblum's Ian Malcolm is one of the most iconic roles of the 90's and practically launched his career, and Sam Neill is brilliant as Alan Grant, the best character in the entire series. Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough (RIP), BD Wong, Sam Jackson and Bob Peck also shine in their respective scenes. John Williams's timeless score contributes massively to the feeling of wonder always present in the first half of the film, and that first image of the Brachiosaurus standing in front of Alan and Ellie is one of my personal favourite movie moments, accompanied by the swelling score and Hammond's iconic line; "Welcome... to Jurassic Park." And only one moment in the film can surpass it here: the first appearance of the T-Rex. Ten years after first seeing it, I still get chills when the water ripples, and then that incredible roar rips through the air.
The plot is so creative and well thought out - in many sequences that play like those from a horror film, the tension is unbearable but the pay-off is perfect without reverting to jump scares. Everything has a logical explanation for when it inevitably goes wrong, as the first half of the film carefully builds the plot towards the tipping point. Spielberg masterfully drops hints about later events in these scenes, each of which are paid off later, such as the raptor ambush tactic catching out Muldoon. It's a perfect example of efficiency in dialogue - every line has a purpose. It's organically done, whilst also laying the groundwork for later events. Spielberg, the best in the world at this technique, outdoes himself on this one. The storyline is tightly plotted, each of the three acts fly along, and the ending is just phenomenal - "When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth." I'm going to watch this film again.