I had really bought into the hype around this film, including toys/prizes in cheerios boxes, TV commercials, and because I had just learned about dinosaurs for the first in the second or third grade but only ever seen pictures in books and fossils/skeletons at the museum. From the posters and ads it seemed like the film would be an adventure with moving dinosaurs, little ones hatching from eggs, with a few chase scenes.
So I invited 12 of my friends, aged 9 or 10 to my birthday party followed by watching Jurassic park in the biggest, loudest cinema in the area -- a multiplex with something like 16 screens, all the modern surround sound of the time, etc. We got there early to make sure we could all sit together in the best seats, get the biggest popcorn, candy, drinks and everything. And my parents were there too.
And then the film started. It was okay through the first act, nothing too shocking. But once the rain started things started to get a pretty intense for my 9-year-old mind. By the time the tyrannosaurus was attacking the two kids in the car I was actually hiding behind my oversized bags of popcorn and nervously peering over the top, and so were the two on either side of me. Man was I scared. From that point to the end I felt like I was basically in the film, right there with those two kids. Especially the Tyrannosaurus/jeep chase and the raptors.
At the end of the film I felt like I had survived an incredible adventure. I was wired. I didn't even notice that there were only six of my friends left by the time the lights came on. It was only the next day that my mom told me six of my twelve guests had been too scared to continue watching, and when they asked to leave my dad escorted them one by one to the hallway area where they waited with my mom for the film to be over.
In terms of sheer adrenaline-pumping entertainment, this was easily my best movie-going experience to date.
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