WHEN: 12:00pm EST, April 7, 2013 (give or take some trailers)
WHERE: The Cinemagic in Saco, Maine
FORMAT: IMAX 3D
COMPANY: A crowd of excited fans.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Excited, but bladder unfortunately full.
With Jurassic Park in theaters, there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to get some of my cooler friends together and dress up like iconic characters. We spent an afternoon gathering supplies, and met up before the show. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to dressing up like characters from Jurassic Park!
Also, my kitchen, apparently.
Turns out a lot of old people wear shirts like this, so they’re fairly easy to find at stores like Goodwill. I found the Hammond-esque hat at a party store; we just had to add an appropriate stripe. You’ll have to grow your own beard, but once you have it, just blast it with white beard spray! There’s no amber in the cane. What do I look like, an eccentric millionaire?
Friend-of-the-blog Ben Katz can be seen here as everyone’s favorite chaotician, Dr. Ian Malcolm.
Cinemanaut Becca played the part of Dr. Ellie Sattler.
And Cinemanaut Bill was Dennis Nedry. If you’re wondering where he got such a good logo for his jacket, we cut it out of a sleeve to a Jurassic Park VHS (I have yet to visit a Goodwill that didn’t have multiple copies). Also, the bottom of that Barbasol can does screw open to reveal a hidden compartment.
We got to the theater nice and early, and drew a decent amount of attention. It was an all-around good time. After the showing, we posed for pictures with some excitable strangers. In true Malcolm fashion, Ben conducted the unscientific water-falling-off-the-hand chaos demonstration with some of them.
He reenacted it again when we went out to eat later.
We visited the mall, and got fewer strange looks than you might expect. There was even an archaeological exhibit, so we stopped there, and looked at some bones. It was an excellent time.
Having now seen JP3D twice, I stand by my original review, with one slight addition: If you are going to see Jurassic Park in 3D, see it in IMAX. The problems I noted before (mostly relating to the unnecessary, ill-suited 3D) are lessened by the fact that, on such a huge screen, the film’s original merits shine through all the brighter. If the best thing about the 3D is that it can be ignored, go to an IMAX showing where the tremendous screen size makes the ignoring easy.
3D and Jurassic Park weren’t made for each other, but that’s okay. Just buckle up and enjoy the ride.