Jurassic Park: The First English Movie of a Generation

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Jurassic Park: The First English Movie of a Generation

Illustration: Akshita Monga


he earliest memory I have, aged five, is the one where I’m crouching behind a movie theatre seat with my hands over my eyes. From my vantage point, all I could see through the rows of Bata-sandalled feet, was glimpses of a Tyrannosaurus Rex rushing towards me. The year was 1993, and the film was Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur-driven blockbuster that would go on to imprint itself upon the collective consciousness of pop culture all around me.

There are some films that go beyond being mere movies, and ascend to the pedestal of being a monumental cinematic event. Jurassic Park is one such film. Of course it was about ground-breaking visual effects, sound design, and the sheer joy of watching dinosaurs come to life, but it was also much more than that. Jurassic Park was, for an entire generation, the first live-action English-language film that we saw in theatres.