As the franchise ends with Jurassic World Dominion, we rank the six movies based on which are most and least likely to stand the test of time.
Let the dinosaurs run amok among the humans and you’ve guaranteed yourself a blockbuster, nay, a blockbuster franchise spanning several hits over the decades. Hollywood instantly picked up on that fact as soon as novelist Michael Crichton published his worldwide bestseller Jurassic Park in 1990. Nearly every major filmmaker of the day was embroiled in a mad rush for the film rights to the book, with Steven Spielberg eventually winning them all out, including James Cameron. Three years later, Spielberg would direct Jurassic Park the movie, which would become the biggest hit of all time at the time. And when Crichton published a sequel novel, The lost Worldin 1995, Spielberg was quick to use the book as the basis for his sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Parkin 1997.
Almost three decades later Jurassic ParkThe allure of the dinosaur adventure hasn’t diminished among fans despite a hiatus of around 14 years between the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World trilogies. The three Jurassic Park films and their three Jurassic World sequels have succeeded in establishing a fantasy film universe that has pushed the boundaries of big-screen entertainment like never before, with each film generating mega-grosses worldwide. With the latest release, Jurassic World Dominion, an era comes to an end. So far, the creators have not officially committed to whether the franchise will be rebooted at some point in the future, so the guessing game is on.
In the meantime, we think Hollywood’s biggest carnival of creatures should surely have its own countdown. So, here are all six Jurassic movies, arranged in reverse order. We feel that the best parameter to judge these films would be to consider which one is more likely to stand the test of time.
JURASSIC WORLD DOMINANCE (2022)
Once the initial frenzy dies down, we’ll probably all be wondering if this last over-the-top, underwhelming movie was even necessary. Colin Trevorrow’s summary for the Jurassic storyline has gotten an obvious buzz in the last three years since Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom released in 2018, but ended as franchise endings often do: a clichéd commercial vehicle meant to cash in on widespread hysteria through clever marketing. The film fluctuates incoherently between two unrelated subplots: the first is about a greedy billionaire who wants to control the world’s food supplies by releasing genetically enhanced lobsters, and a second is about the raptor Blue and Maisie, the little cloned girl from the last movie. who is now a teenager, both kidnapped for genetic experimentation by the same billionaire. The biggest disappointment is that the movie doesn’t have a single dinosaur action sequence that remains memorable. While fans loved the return of Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill from the Jurassic Park movies, the actors barely had compelling roles.
JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
In 2001, when the third film of the Jurassic Park series launched, the whole idea of dinosaurs running amok in the modern world had started to seem tedious and repetitive. Joe Johnston was hired to direct after Steven Spielberg, having directed the first two films, dropped out of the franchise. Jurassic Park III tried to add life to the saga by introducing new species of dinosaurs, including flying reptiles. An action sequence involving some of the human cast, a gigantic crumbling birdcage, and a pterodactyl searching for her hungry chicks was outstanding. However, such sequences were few and far between, and the film’s weak script mostly repeated the formula when Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant ended up on the abandoned island Isla Sorna with a middle-aged couple to rescue. your stranded child.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018)
The Spanish director JA Bayona was hired to direct the second jurassic world film, fifth overall in the franchise, mainly because it was felt that it could bring a fresh flavor to the series. Bayona had impressed as a horror filmmaker with the 2007 hit, The orphanage. She had also scored the 2012 disaster film The Impossible and the 2016 dark fantasy A Monster Calls. It was thought that a generic mix of these films would be the perfect recipe for fallen kingdom. Among the pressures Bayona had to deal with was the fact that his film’s immediate predecessor, jurassic world, which rebooted the series, had become a worldwide box office success, and had to produce a sequel that would live up to commercial expectations. Most viewers felt that the film’s central plot, about the illicit trade in new species of genetically modified dinosaurs, was not strong enough to sustain the action adventure, although the film became a worldwide success.
JURASSIC WORLD (2015)
In hindsight, this would have to be the riskiest project among all the Jurassic sequels. The 2015 film ambitiously set out to reboot a successful franchise that truly belonged in the last generation: Jurassic Park IIIthe last release of the film series before jurassic worldafter all, it had opened a good 14 years earlier, in 2001. Indian fans were doubly thrilled that the late Irrfan Khan played a strong supporting role as tycoon Simon Masrani, owner of Jurassic World, the cloned dinosaur theme park where the Chaos ensues after a transgenic beast breaks free from its enclosure. The film featured Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas as key cast members of the rebooted franchise. Colin Trevorrow’s director hit the mark and succeeded in rejuvenating the global audience’s interest in the Jurassic lore. Among the Jurassic World movies, it is undoubtedly the best.
THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)
Novelist Michael Crichton followed up his worldwide bestseller Jurassic Park with The Lost World, and the book served as the blueprint for the movie of the same name. The Lost World: Jurassic Park It would be the only other film in the franchise that Steven Spielberg himself directed aside from the first 1993 film, Jurassic Park. The sequel brought back Jeff Goldblum as eccentric chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm, the only cast member to return from the first film, along with a new cast headed by Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn, and Vanessa Lee Chester. . A continuation of the plot of the first film four years later, the film’s story left a lot to be desired. However, Spielberg’s treatment, mixing action and humor with non-stop thrills, kept fans engrossed the entire time. A standout sequence of a Tyrannosaurus Rex rampaging through the streets of San Diego remains a franchise classic.
JURASSIC PARK (1993)
The one that started it all, without a doubt, remains the cream of the crop, for the sheer originality of concept and execution, as well as the innovative use of CGI and animatronics that seem entertaining even today, almost three decades after the game. movie premiere. Steven Spielberg changed the way science fiction adventures would be made, as well as the creature features, with the film’s release in 1993. Considered a Hollywood classic today, Jurassic Park it took home a global gross of over $912 million upon its release, becoming the biggest hit anywhere in the world at the time. Based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel of the same name, the film stars Sir Richard Attenborough as industrialist John Hammond, who opens a theme park called Jurassic Park showcasing genetically modified dinosaurs for the paying public. Spielberg was clearly in the mood to have a little fun with this movie, before he released his gritty Holocaust drama. schindler’s list later the same year.
Vinayak Chakravorty is a Delhi-NCR based film critic, columnist and journalist.
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