This Cast That Starred In It
I could make each character into their own little page, but that would go on for too long. Instead, let us consider the all-around great cast of Jurassic Park.
There’s Sam Neill, who gives a steadily heroic performance as Dr. Grant, the sort of hero you don’t quite expect to be a hero. There’s Laura Dern as Dr. Satler, equally steady and equally heroic, proving that you don’t have to sport ripped clothing and a push-up bra to be a badass woman. There’s Jeff Goldblum, whose Ian Malcolm has spawned memes well into the 00s. Even the two kids, who to my knowledge have not done much else, manage to avoid the usual pitfalls of being too cute, too helpless, or too annoying.
Those actors aside, the entire secondary cast is a brilliant set of character actors, too, including Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight. Top it all off with Richard Attenborough as the likable and probably insane billionaire John Hammond, and we have a cast with no weak links. Despite some pretty stellar performers in the sequels, none of the casts mesh the way this one did.