Richard Attenborough

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Director:

Les Mayfield

Writers:

George Seaton

John Hughes

Starring:

Richard Attenborough

Elizabeth Perkins

Dylan McDermott

Mara Wilson

Blurb:

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Review:

Christmas movies fall outside of my Great Movie Re-Watch list. I was hoping that I would make it all the way through the 90s before Decemeber, sadly that did not happen. Oh well. It will be there to pick up later.

The first Christmas movie of the year was the 90s version of Miracle on 34th Street. I’ve seen it at least once, but I didn’t remember anything about it. I grew up watching the old one so this version had a lot of nostalgia to beat. It did not. I thought that Mara Wilson did a great job, I just wasn’t a fan of the changes made to the story. It didn’t help that my children were running around like crazed animals in their excitement for the beginning of the season. I did miss some of what was going on, so take my thoughts with a heaping dose of salt.

I didn’t see much romance going on between the couple and the fact that the movie ends with them getting married felt out of nowhere. I know he’d had a ring, but I didn’t realize they were there in their relationship. Again, it’s possible that I missed something. Because of that I’m not going to give the movie an actual ranking, but I don’t see myself choosing to watch this one over the classic version.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

David Koepp

Starring:

Jeff Goldblum

Julianne Moore

Pete Postlethwaite

Arliss Howard

Richard Attenborough

Vince Vaughn

Blurb:

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Thoughts:

I wasn’t as much a fan of The Lost World as my partner was. He liked the added aspect of the dinosaurs winding up on the mainland, while I thought the movie dragged on too long. I think that’s a complaint I have with a lot of movies as I get older. Some of them I’m all for the added length, but a lot of them could do with some tighter editing.

Jeff Goldblum was, of course, awesome. Vince Vaughn felt random, but that’s because The Lost World was early in his career and it’s not the route he took with his later movies. So it was odd seeing him in a serious roll. I didn’t like Juilianna Moore’s character as much as the previous female role. She was a bit stupid for someone who was supposed to be so smart. Walking around with blood on her jacket? Come on woman.

The ending was one of those that dragged on too long. There was the obvious ending of them getting off the island, but then they did the extended wind up on the mainland. The mainland stuff was fun and for the most part I liked it, but I wish they’d gotten rid of some stuff on the island to make it shorter.

Also, how dare they kill Toby from the West Wing!

It wasn’t until I was writing this blog post that I realized the movie came out in ‘97 and not ‘95 like I had it listed in my excel spreadsheet, so it will be posted out of order. Mistakes happen so I’ll let it slide. I’ll try to check before watching from now on, though.

Jurassic Park (1993)

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Jurassic Park (1993)

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Michael Crichton

David Koepp

Starring:

Sam Neill

Laura Dern

Jeff Goldblum

Richard Attenborough

Blurb:

A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Thoughts:

Jurassic Park is a fun movie, but I think John Williams’s score pushes it to be a good movie. I like Steven Spielberg as much as the next person and he’s a really good director, but the music in Jurassic Park is iconic.

There are so many good quotes in this film. My family frequently quotes, “Hold on to your butts.” Because of course, we do.

Nothing really problematic jumped out to me during this re-watch, though, admittedly it’s been a few days since I watched. Well, I do think they put the young girl through hell just for the stereotypical reactions. Still, considering everything else I’ve watched that barely registered.

Jurassic Park is a classic and definitely worth keeping and re-watching.