Friday, January 13, 2017

Gotta Love the Classics

The other day, my boys and I were flipping through the channels trying to find something to watch. It was a slow day, so there wasn’t much on. Finally, I found Jurassic Park and decided to watch it—even though it was going to be plagued with commercials.

Side note: we own this movie on DVD, but it seemed like a lot of work to get it and put it in the player, so I suffered watching it on TV.

This movie is one of my faves. I remember when it came out in theaters. I watched it in the theater. Consequently, I saw all the other films in the theater too and had the opportunity to take my boys to see Jurassic World, which we all loved.

Even to this day, Jurassic Park holds up. Some of the technology is a little outdated, yes, but it’s still fun to watch. The special effects still hold up, and the story is fantastic. Even with commercials, I enjoyed watching the movie.

My boys weren’t convinced that this film is a horror movie—mainly because they don’t find it overly scary. Personally, I don’t find it overly scary either, but I have a high threshold when it comes to horror. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I say it’s horror.

If anything, it falls into the Creature Feature category. Science and scientists are the bad guys in the film because they are messing with forces beyond their control that end up killing people, which is a staple of the horror industry. The events unfold on an isolated island where it’s impossible to get help. Once the raptors get out, there are jump scares. What else do you need to make it horror?

As the movie was playing, I started thinking about the book. The film and the book are different—because they always are—but they are enjoyable in their own ways. I decided that since it had been so long, I was going to read the book again. I ordered a copy, and it showed up in the mail earlier this week.

I don’t know who was more excited about the book: me or my boys. They’ve asked me to read it to them before bed, and we’ll see how that goes. They sometimes have short attention spans when it comes to long stories like that (they are still under 10), but I’m excited to experience it again.

Do you have any books that you’ve read in the past that you have or want to reread?

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