The Storm with Jurassic Noises

     OK, I need to get this out of the way, why did the wife in the beginning of the movie decide to not help the husband close the door? I understand the need for urgency in the scene and that having one of the parents die creates a sense of purpose for Jo (Helen Hunt) later to track the F5, but still!
     Twister, ooh-da-lolly this was a treat to watch! The whole cast save Helen Hunt at the time, was a myriad of character actors thrusted into the position of an ensemble cast; it is a glorious site. The five people I noticed right away who fit into the “oh it’s that one guy” category include Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Alan Ruck, Zack Grenier, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All people you have seen before that fill these roles nicely.
     Phillip Seymour Hoffman in particular, ol’ Dusty himself, at this point in time garners the highest name recognition in regards to the rest of the crew. He low-key stole the show with his wacky antics and characterization of a minor character, if it were a lesser actor portraying Dusty, the movie would lack accordingly. There is a charisma, a presence that unexpectedly made this movie hilarious whenever he would show up on screen. His yearning and excitement was contagious during the hunt and during their down-time. If nothing else, this movie was a preview for the next two decades of what we could expect from Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
     Speaking of iconic names, Steven Spielberg makes an appearance as an executive producer; as well as his production company Amblin Entertainment. Then we have Michael Crichton, the man who wrote the books Jurassic Park and Congo, has a credit as a producer and writer. If I did not know any better, I would say they were making the Jurassic Park of disaster movies. During certain scenes when Bill and friends are out chasing tornadoes, the tornadoes themselves have the unmistakable sounds that resemble a vicious beast. Better not mess with them or they will eat you alive! I enjoyed that, even though tornadoes are not dinosaurs, the sounds gave them a coherent characterization. It works on a level where the tornadoes are the ‘bad guys’, a malevolent force who impose the immediate danger our protagonists are more than eager to traverse. Having Spielberg attached to this movie was essential; the look, movement, and dedication to the tornadoes is spectacular, watching Twister to this day I am awestruck at how phenomenal they look. Though the same cannot be said regarding the satellite at the beginning or the ridiculous CGI explosion when Cary Elwes and Zack Grenier drove into the F5. Those however, are not essential to the overall arc and experience to the movie, but if there was anything for me to nit-pick effects-wise, those examples stand out ostentatiously.
     On the topic of nit-picking, the development and arc of the love triangle between Bill, Jo, and Melissa left me flabbergasted. He brings Melissa along to get the divorce papers signed, but – and this is the best part – is engaged to Melissa before it has become a past tense event. I am curious of this time scale between divorce and engagement.
     Regardless, this is first and foremost a disaster movie; despite any narrative confusion or shortcomings that occur within the interludes of the tornado scenes are not what we came to see, we know what we came to see and it was immaculate.

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