By CORY WOODROOF

This week, WillCo Movie Buff will be a bit different from the usual “see-it-or-skip-it” theatrical review. I’ll be back with a review of “Jurassic World” next Sunday, but for this Sunday’s edition of the column, I thought I might send you back to Isla Nublar with Dr. Grant and company for another (or, perhaps, a first) viewing of the classic “Jurassic Park.”

This week, WillCo Movie Buff will be a bit different from the usual “see-it-or-skip-it” theatrical review. I’ll be back with a review of “Jurassic World” next Sunday, but for this Sunday’s edition of the column, I thought I might send you back to Isla Nublar with Dr. Grant and company for another (or, perhaps, a first) viewing of the classic “Jurassic Park.”

OK, confession time: Even though “Jurassic Park” is one of my favorite movies, I was totally terrified of the film as a kid. There was just something about gigantic, roaring dinosaurs chasing people that left me shaking in my footsie pajamas. Actually, I had plenty of “Jurassic” gear (toys from the first two films), but I was too afraid to give the films a go until I got older. But, thankfully, I decided to give the film a watch later in life, and man, talk about an experience.

Director Steven Spielberg directed the first “Jurassic Park,” based of Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, and it has become one of the legendary director’s most beloved titles in his filmography. The film set a strong tone for modern summer blockbuster films in 1993 and continues to be one of the most iconic movies ever to hit a silver screen in the summer months.

John Williams’ wondrous score is one of the greatest to ever accompany a movie, perfectly capturing the spirit of adventure and the awe of discovery, Stan Winston and Phil Tippett’s tone-setting work to bring the dinosaurs to life remains a standard in the industry, the cast fits their roles to a tee (Richard Attenborough as Dr. Hammond and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Malcolm are personal favorites) and did I mention how great the score was? I did, well, of course I did, it’s my favorite film score. Ever.

A boatload of more hyperbolic statements can be shared, but simply, few movies have ever captured the magic of moviemaking like “Jurassic Park” did.

I revisited the film last Sunday for the first time in two years (I definitely saw the film on the big screen for the first time during its 3D rerelease in 2013), and the film continues to be one of those that just gets better with age.

It’s a lot funnier than I remember, that’s for sure. I also really zeroed in on the kids’ performances this time, as Spielberg has always been noted for his way with directing children (just watch “E.T.”, and you’ll see what I mean). I also really appreciated how the film sneaks a subtle little plot in about how film lead Dr. Grant (the great, underappreciated Sam Neill) is forced to bond with Hammond’s grandkids during their “survive the night” journey through the park, just about ending his annoyance with children in general. It’s not of the upmost importance plot-wise or anything, but it’s a fun little subplot that I never noticed before.

“Jurassic Park” is one of those “rite of passage” film-watching experiences that everyone should embark on at some point in their lives. If you’ve got kids and you’re considering taking them on their first voyage with the movie, know that it is still a pretty jumpy movie and clings hard to its PG-13 rating. I think you’d be okay with kids 10 and over watching the movie, but at the end of the day, it’s all about your discretion and what you think your kids can stomach. If you’re wanting to ease them into it, I’d recommend showing them the first “Land Before Time” film before showing them “Jurassic Park.” It’s a movie about cute cartoon dinosaurs, but it’s still got the big baddies like the T-Rex roaming around to get them ready for the scarier parts of “JP.”

So, use this week’s WillCo Movie Buff recommendation to revisit (or make a first visit) to “Jurassic Park” before next week’s “Jurassic World” hits theaters. The second and third films, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park III,” are fine, but they’re not necessities for getting ready for the new film. Neither come close to the first film, but if you’ve got time, they’re worth watches.

Enjoy your trip to Jurassic Park, and feel free to share your memories of the first film below in the comments.