I have a lot to say about the Jurassic World franchise, particularly the previous movie. The title “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Failed to Bite” pretty much sums it up, in my opinion.
But all right, let’s go back a bit.
Jurassic Park Franchise
American science fiction action movie Jurassic Park was released in 1993. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. It is the first movie in the Jurassic Park franchise and the first of the Jurassic Park original trilogy. It is adapted from Michael Crichton’s 1990 book of the same name and a screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp.
Jurassic Park (1993) takes place on the fictitious island of Isla Nublar, which is situated off the Pacific coast of Central America close to Costa Rica. There, a group of genetic scientists and wealthy businessman John Hammond built a dinosaur wildlife park. A small handful of guests and Hammond’s grandchildren battle to survive and flee the dangerous island after industrial sabotage causes a catastrophic meltdown of the park’s electrical facilities and security measures.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) is the second instalment. Four years after the events of the first movie, John Hammond sends a team to Isla Sorna, the second island that Hammond’s company InGen used to create the dinosaurs, to study the creatures. Meanwhile, a team sent by InGen to bring some of the dinosaurs back to the United States clashes with the team led by Malcolm.
The final instalment of the trilogy is Jurassic Park III (2001). Joe Johnston helmed the third Jurassic Park film which is the first movie in the series that Steven Spielberg did not direct but acted as executive producer for. Like its predecessor, the movie is set on Isla Sorna, a fictitious island home to dinosaur clones that is situated off the Pacific coast of Central America. In the movie, a separated couple con the paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant into assisting them in locating their lost son on the island.
I love this scene! Timeless!
We probably share the same opinion if you saw all three as a child and an adult. Jurassic Park is the best. Both the story and the thrill are present. There was an issue that they ultimately resolved. In other words, there was a start, a middle, and an end. 10/10
The second movie is also good because it introduced the other island that InGen purchased. Isla Sorna, which they code-named “Site B,” served as InGen’s “factory floor,” where dinosaurs were cloned and cared for in temporary cages until they were well enough to be moved to Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, 87 miles to the east of Isla Sorna. This film has a story to follow as well as a thrill. 8/10
The last one is my least favourite because there is not much there. The island was revealed to have been designated a nature preserve by the American and Costa Rican governments in a televised interview at the conclusion of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. So why go there? 5/10
And Jurassic World follows the same narrative trajectory. But is bad or good?
Jurassic World Trilogy
Jurassic World (2015) is the first film of the Jurassic World trilogy and the fourth Jurassic Park movie overall. Did you know that Universal Pictures had planned to start shooting the fourth Jurassic Park movie in 2004 for a release in the middle of 2005 but was stuck in development hell while the script underwent numerous alterations? Writers Jaffa and Silver looked into the concept of a working dinosaur park after executive producer Steven Spielberg made the suggestion.
In response to my inquiry as to whether it is bad or good to go along the same narrative path, I say that it is fine this time. Why? Primarily due to the fact that Jurassic World is more modern, is set in a different era, and has something fresh to give its new visitors. *I’m referring to both the film and the park itself.
You see, Jurassic World (2015) takes place on the same made-up island of Isla Nublar, which is situated off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and is set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park. John Hammond’s vision came true with the opening of Jurassic World, a popular dinosaur-themed amusement park on the island. When a transgenic dinosaur escapes from its confinement and starts rampaging across the park, chaos ensues, and the park staff’s plot adds to the hazards.
Jurassic World (2015) was really good, and it did make me nostalgic. 10/10 But Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) failed. 6/10 You can read my entire review here, but put it briefly or in two paragraphs:
I think we can all agree that the new franchise is not only under the science fiction adventure film genre but horror as well. Come on, admit it! I know you felt that, too. The first few minutes were really intense. It was terrifyingly beautiful if only they didn’t add in some unnecessary CHARACTERS (not actors, okay?!); not to mention, plot points.
If you’ve seen it – how many plot points did you notice and which ones didn’t really contribute anything? Yes, I am fully aware that this is a film about dinosaurs roaming the earth once again but that doesn’t mean you have to throw in various details for the sake of entertainment. The idea of Jurassic World though terrifying is entertaining to begin with. Those unnecessary plot details are ruining the fun.Read full article here: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Failed to Bite
However, I must say that I did appreciate sections of it, particularly the first half. We can all probably agree that the new trilogy falls within the horror and science fiction adventure film categories. It was very intense during the first few minutes. It was both horrifyingly gorgeous and also heartbreaking.
Do you recall the Brachiosaurus scene in Isla Nublar? In light of how the human race brought the dinosaurs back only to forsake them in their hour of need, Fallen Kingdom was elevated to a tale of animal cruelty.
I merely desired justice for these incredible creatures, which is what I believe Jurassic World Dominion (2022) intended to accomplish.
And they did! They made an effort to incorporate Maisie Lockwood’s true backstory. It had a significant twist. Dr. Henry Wu revealed that due to infertility, Charlotte Lockwood, the daughter of Benjamin Lockwood used cloning technology to conduct experiments in trying to have a kid of her own.
Yes, the Lockwood’s are quite complicated. They do, however, have a narrative there. They ought to know when to stop, though. There is a start, a middle, and an end to every story.
A franchise cannot be saved by bringing back its original cast. Unless you have a well-developed narrative. But I must give them credit since each hero had his moment. Sadly, Jurassic World Dominion (2022) failed to create an impression overall. 5/10
I’m not undervaluing the effort of others. But studios have a habit of frequently expanding their franchises. Trilogies are excellent so is the cinematic universe. However, don’t force a storyline if you don’t think it needs one or if the moment isn’t right. Yes, having money is necessary, but so is coming up with something that people will remember.
Additionally, if you want to view every movie and TV show in order:
- Jurassic Park (1993 Film)
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997 Film)
- Jurassic Park III (2001 Film)
- Jurassic World (2015 Film)
- Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020 to present – Netflix animated series)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018 Film)
- Battle at Big Rock (2019 Short Film)
- Jurassic World: Dominion (2022 Film)