Jurassic Park (Franchise)

5 – Jurassic Park III; After the successes of Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, it was time to try adding a third entry. Unfortunately, this film would be the one to be diagnosed with the first signs of franchise fatigue. None of the factors that made this movie’s predecessors great are present. There’s no Jeff Goldblum, for one thing. For another, more important lost aspect, Jurassic Park III doesn’t retain the feeling of possible realities that fueled enjoyment and entertainment for the original. The story begins to feel repetitive and unimportant by comparison, with few new innovations. The script is significantly more convoluted. Relationships between characters feel strung together more by plot and are acted out with considerably less delicacy. Looking at how much care and attention was put into the first Jurassic Park, its clear this installment was at an all-time low for the series. This film should be cast aside and forgotten – leaving a dent in the franchise’s glory. Cinemaster Score: 4.5/10

4 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, while not being the worst entry on this list, resembles little of what made this series great in the first place. The film starts off strong with Chris Pratt reprising his role as Owen Grady alongside Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire Dearing. As for why the opening act is the best part of the movie – it is simply because we get the dinosaur destructive action that has been a staple of the franchise for so long. However, the film only gets worse from there. Our duo and a group of side characters become trapped in a mansion for the back half of the film and the plot comes to a dead halt. By forcing our protagonists in a confined space full of repetitive environments, it leaves little room for any dinosaur entertainment. Which, really, is all we’re here for in the first place. Combine this with a dull plot and annoying characters, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom more than deserves the 4th spot on this list. Cinemaster Score: 5/10

3 – Jurassic World; Expectations were sky high for the blockbuster sequel Jurassic World, as it had to provide an experience that could somehow match the original. While it isn’t nearly as good as the original, it is still well made and full of adrenaline pumping moments. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard debut their characters Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, who, together make for an entertaining duo. Director Colin Trevorrow displays here a level of respect to Jurassic World’s predecessors that is sure to make hardcore fans of the franchise happy. Not only does he create an action packed film that manages to usher the series in a new direction, but also a reminder of the great films that came before. Jurassic World is a solid addition to the now iconic movies, but it doesn’t quite reach its goal the way the top two films do. Cinemaster Score: 7/10

2 – The Lost World: Jurassic Park; In our opinion, the closest we’ve ever had to the original Jurassic Park in terms of tone and quality, is The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as Ian Malcolm and carries the film alongside Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore. The film follows Dr. Malcolm who is called upon by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to lead a research team on the island of Isla Sorna. The plot is similar in structure to that of the original, but that’s not an issue in this case. By sticking to the island setting and crafting memorable characters, The Lost World: Jurassic Park manages to recreate the magic of its predecessor and provide enough dino action for even the least interested of viewers. It’s enough to earn second place to the best dinosaur movie of all time. Cinemaster Score: 7.5/10

1 – Jurassic Park; Jurassic Park is a classic for the ages. Everything about it works. Story-wise, Jurassic Park brings a fantastic tale of science fiction to life in an awe-inspiring manner. There is a solid balance between action and exposition. The script gives an original idea the life of reality. Unforgettable characters – such as Dr. Ian Malcolm – are established. Each of these characters are played with such care, as well. The movie is enjoyable, family friendly, and fun in its adventurous tone. Jurassic Park fully put together an amazing film – there’s no doubt about it. Not to mention the outstanding practical effects used. Nonetheless, Hollywood has this thing (that is hard for us not to mention) where there is an unnecessary spawn of sequels and franchises for perfectly fine stand-alone flicks. Even though that is what happened to Jurassic Park, too, the original still tops its successors. Cinemaster Score: 8.5/10

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