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'Jurassic Park' @ The Hollywood Bowl Thrills

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Aug 22, 2019
'Jurassic Park' @ The Hollywood Bowl Thrills

The Hollywood Bowl continues its thrilling tradition of showcasing popular films with the L.A. Philharmonic playing the score live to a smitten audience. Last year Bowl attendees saw both "Star Wars: A New Hope" and "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" done in this fashion, and each year brings a new "Harry Potter" movie to the fold.

This year, however, comes another "they don't make-em like they used to" blockbuster classic with Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park." Not only does the film still pack the thrills, but it still has filmdom's best looking dinosaurs. Spielberg's master direction is always a wonder to behold and those Velociraptors and T-Rexes still thrill.

But it is John Williams' score that is a feast for the ears. Scores today don't always have recognizable themes. Even superhero films don't have truly detectible melodies for its characters (Which is a shame). We all still remember the original "Superman" theme, or "E.T.," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Each written by the master John Williams, who can claim fame to being the world's most famous living composer because of these popular scores.

And while composers seem to have moved away from having themes at all, Williams' work still does. And, from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Jurassic Park" might be one of the last truly memorable themes.

From its recognizable refrains to its thundering action leitmotifs, hearing Williams' music played live while the film is displayed on massive screens is a joy all its own. From the rumble of an approaching T-Rex to the squeals of a Velociraptor, seeing this iconic film with 18,000 people is a true experience in itself.

There are more opportunities to have the live-to-film experience coming up with "An American in Paris" on the Bowl's screens September 12th. Not to mention, a special weekend dedicated to John Williams arrives Labor Day weekend for its annual three-day tribute.

While L.A. has wonderful movie-going opportunities, what with Cinespia and a handful of rooftop and outdoor screenings throughout the summer, you don't want to miss these special nights at the Hollywood Bowl. Much like the dinosaurs of Isla Neblar, these nights are not only awe-inspiring, but heart-pounding and breathtaking as well.

"Jurassic Park Live in Concert" played August 16th and 17th at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. For information on upcoming events, please visit https://www.hollywoodbowl.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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