Laura Dern’s Ellie Slattery
Everyone can talk about Jeff Goldblum’s wise-cracking Ian Malcolm or Sam Neill’s Alan Grant, but one of the standout stars of Jurassic Park is undoubtedly Laura Dern. Ellie Slattery is every bit the feminist hero in a movie that is often commanded by the male species (dinosaurs aside) and she remains an extra breathe of fresh air with each and every watch.
A career woman and one to never back down from the impending danger facing the island group, Ellie is the quintessential 90s female powerhouse, going toe-to-toe with the men when required and stamping her mark immediately.
Ian Malcolm calls her a ‘feisty one’, while Sir Richard Attenborough’s John Hammons is quick to realise that no man rules over her (“we can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back”). Now that’s what we call a real woman.
Okay, so John Williams is a name that has forever been held in such high regard for his impeccable theme songs, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave out the man behind one of cinema’s most iconic and memorable theme tunes of all time.
Even as this feature is being written, the string section is going into full swing as the Jurassic Park theme plays in the background and leaves every hair on the neck standing on end. Magical, spellbinding and compelling, this is the great man at his very best, introducing us to the world of dinosaurs in his own special way and providing the perfect accompaniment for when those huge doors open for the very first time.