26 Years Later, ‘Jurassic Park’ Still Reigns Supreme

Yesterday I went to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters for my 21st birthday, it was boring, but as I thought about the film and all of its mishaps I couldn’t help but draw parallels with one of the best movies ever made, Jurassic Park.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters had plenty of monsters and some tantalizing action scenes but what it gained in impressive CGI and Sound it lacked in heartfelt storytelling and realistic situations.

I saw Jurassic Park for the first time in IMAX six years ago and believe me, I was more than blown away.

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It had scary human-eating monsters who posed a serious threat to the main characters of the film but it also had something Godzilla: King of the Monsters didn’t have; a great cast and a concise story that was perfectly crafted.

Yes, six of the characters would end up surviving, but there was real, believable peril for the antagonists as we watched the less important characters around them gradually chomped away throughout the film.

That didn’t happen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Characters continuously survived miraculously throughout the movie while being mere feet from the monsters as they waged battle against one another.

You see, Jurassic Park is a classic because we felt the fear, we felt the joy and wonder, we felt the sadness, everything about the movie we could comprehend in a plausible way. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is just a ridiculous waste of two hours.

I wish I could say a monster movie has finally surpassed Jurassic Park but no, it hasn’t and I don’t think it ever will be dethroned.

Do you think Jurassic Park is the best monster movie ever made? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day.

Throwback Friday: How One Line In ‘Solo’ Sums Up Han’s Entire Journey

Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.

Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.

At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”

At first glance, it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.

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The Chosen One: Chapter Forty-Seven

Finding Maz Kanata

Ora’s eyes were closed as she napped in the cockpit of her father’s ship. And then she felt the patented lurch of zooming out of hyperspace. Her eyes opened and she found herself looking at a massive ship hovering in space. The ship was extraordinary, lined with decks encapsulated in glass barriers to protect the individuals and bedazzled in colorful lights that sent the vessel into a dazzling spectacle.

“What is that?” Ora asked, standing and leaning forward to gawk at the incredible structure.

“It’s a cruise,” Ben began. “These luxury vessels started popping up after HER rule, giving joy to the worst scum in the galaxy.”

They flew around the cruise that floated by like a slow-moving beast, revealing two gigantic asteroids that were tethered by bridges covered in lights. Atop the asteroids sat two dazzling cities twinkling with golden lights. It was Badaran City.

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