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Jurassic Park 3D
: I realize, talking to some friends who are just a few years younger than I am, that for a generation of moviegoers, this Spielberg movie is pretty much as big a deal as the movies I'd always sort of considered its betters: Jaws
, Raiders of the Lost Ark
. I can't claim any kind of OG-Spielberg fandom; it's not like I saw any pre-Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones movies in the theaters. In fact, I'm pretty sure the first Spielberg movie I saw theatrically was Hook
, which I consequently hate much less than I'm supposed to. And I do, I should be clear, like Jurassic Park
a hell of a lot, enough to have seen it three times in its original (yearlong!) run, and enough to pay over 20 bucks to go see it at the real IMAX screen at 68th Street (frankly more of an enticement than the 3D conversion). I also really like its less well-constructed but often brilliantly made sequel which will probably never be rereleased in 3D. But in terms of Spielberg suspense pictures, Jaws
has better build and stronger characters, and in terms of Spielberg sci-fi, I'll take the complexities of his unofficial mid-aughts trilogy (A.I.
, Minority Report
, War of the Worlds
). That's really more a testament to Spielberg's genius, though, that a terrific thrill ride like Jurassic Park
might face some competition getting into his career top 10.