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This movie is witty enough to stealthily advertise its own merch as you watch, but otherwise it's as subtle as a T-Rex footstep. The music pounds you over the head like a brontosaurus, or whatever that dinosaur is called now. Still, the dinosaur special effects are top notch, and the plot and the action are so good that Jurassic Park has spawned several sequels, none of which even come close to it in quality. Somewhere in the middle of all the wide-eyed Spielberg faces there is a brief gratuitous cameo of a Boa Constrictor. Don't blink or you'll miss it. No, this is not snake movie, it's a dinosaur movie, but someone wrote to me about the snake, giving me an excuse to watch it again after at least 20 years, and I was not disappointed.
After Muldoon the African Great White Hunter and Laura Dern step outside so the movie can demonstrate an argument against sexism in survival situations (by showing her run and jump over things), they discover that the the smart, social, deadly dinosaurs called raptors are loose. Muldoon creeps around and sees a raptor rustling the foliage ahead. (Too bad he didn't hear Sam Neil explain that raptors hunt in groups using decoys, like we did. We know what's about to happen.) As he sets up his gun to shoot, another raptor shows up right next to him. He calls her a clever girl. She responds by eating him. Then the camera cuts away to a Boa Constrictor crawling slowy from the left to the right until it is under a raptor's eye. That's it. Send the snake back to its trailer.
The snake is actually nicely used - as we watch it crawl, it slowly reveals the hiding raptor that is watching Muldoon get shredded. This gives us time to hear a little more of the Oscar-winning Sound Design bone-crunching carnage happening in the background. This way we don't need to see Muldoon's blood and guts. If we did see them, that would have caused the movie to lose its PG-13 rating and the opportunity to sell a fortune worth of Jurassic Park merchandise to children.
Maybe the snake is also there to make the scene a little scarier to the snake haters in the audience. It's hard to say exactly what they were thinking, but it proves my point that Hollywood can't make a jungle movie without showing a snake. It just isn't a jungle without one.