WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION!
Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth movie of Universal Pictures’ dinosaur-filled Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise, and here’s how all of them stack up, worst to best. Jurassic Park was of course one of the many hits that have filled out the illustrious directing career of Steven Spielberg, the most financially successful filmmaker in history. In 1993, Jurassic Park‘s amazingly cool and realistic-looking dinosaurs, along with unforgettable characters like Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), captured the imagination – and the money – of the world, beginning the next great franchise.
Sure, most would argue that none of Jurassic Park‘s sequels have managed to live up the majesty of Spielberg’s original, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. A movie as good as Jurassic Park is hard to match, and there’s nothing wrong with follow-ups that do not try to top it, but instead try to be worthy companion pieces to such a monumental classic. For the most part, the other Jurassic Park movies have indeed done that.
Jurassic World: Dominion was the most recent, and so far final, Jurassic movie to hit theaters. Since Jurassic World: Dominion was billed as a finale to Jurassic Park, it’s now time to examine the franchise and determine which dinosaur romp roars the loudest. All six feature big stars, big carnivores, big action scenes, and big adventure, but only one can ultimately reign supreme.
6. Jurassic Park 3 (2001)
After Sam Neill’s absence from Jurassic Park‘s first sequel, Dr. Alan Grant came back to the forefront for Jurassic Park 3, the first entry to not be directed by Steven Spielberg. While he understandably has no desire to tangle with dinosaurs again, Grant is tricked into accompanying a pair of divorced parents to Isla Sorna, so that he can help them search for their missing son.
While Neill is good as always, and there are some thrilling action and suspense sequences, Jurassic Park 3 feels a bit tired. The story is very thin, and the characters outside of Grant aren’t exactly exciting or particularly interesting. There’s also a dream sequence in which a raptor speaks to Grant, providing one of the strangest moments in the entire Jurassic Park franchise, as well as the fan-despised bit in which a T-Rex is dispatched by the newly introduced Spinosaurus as if the king of the dinosaurs was an utter chump.
5. Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)
Much like the Jurassic Park trilogy, the Jurassic World half of the franchise started strong but finished on a less-than-stellar note with Jurassic World: Dominion. The sequel to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom brought back a host of returning Jurassic Park characters, throwing them in with Owen, Claire, and the rest of Jurassic World’s cast for one final dinosaur-filled adventure. Sadly, Dominion was a little over-ambitious, an approach that was reflected in the mixed reception online from critics and Jurassic Park fans alike. Jurassic World: Dominion isn’t a bad movie, it just failed to deliver what audiences expected from a movie billed as a celebration of, and conclusion to, a franchise spanning over three decades.
Dominion was not lacking in thrilling action sequences. Chris Pratt’s Owen Brady is known in the Jurassic World movies for high-speed dino / motorcycle chases, and Dominion delivers here. The mix of dino animatronics and CGI in Jurassic World: Dominion was also phenomenal, as has come to be expected since Spielberg raised that bar so high in the original Jurassic Park. What ultimately puts Jurassic World: Dominion so low on this list is its convoluted human cloning plot being out of place for the dino-focused Jurassic franchise, and that it did not give itself enough room to explore or create satisfying arcs for its overstuffed roster of characters.
4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
After the smash success of Jurassic World in 2015, it was clear that this new incarnation of the Jurassic Park The franchise would get sequels of its own. While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t a particularly bad film, and features lots of the action and excitement fans have come to expect from the brand, it has two main failings. The first is that its plot is extremely similar to The Lost Worldlending the sequel a vibe of been there, done that.
The second is some really egregious logic issues that render some of the plot turns laughable, such as Chris Pratt’s Owen being able to literally outrun volcanic ash as Isla Nubar is destroyed. Fallen Kingdom‘s ending set up Jurassic World: Dominionbut when viewed through that lens, it almost seems like Fallen Kingdom was more concerned with establishing a starting point for its eventual sequel than being a satisfactory story in and of itself.
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
While not nearly as well-regarded as the first film, the reputation of Spielberg’s sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park has improved somewhat since its release, a time when many simply saw it as an inferior follow-up. The Lost World certainly is that, but Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm remains engaging as the returning lead, and there are some really great suspense sequences, such as when a pair of T-Rex parents attack the trailer where their hurt child is being held, as Malcolm and associates desperately fight to survive the onslaught.
There’s also a great scene in which raptors pick off characters moving through tall grass in a manner akin to a horror film. The final act, in which a T-Rex rampages through San Francisco, is also a complete blast. There’s a lot to love about The Lost World, and that the general sentiment toward it is shifting is a heartening circumstance. However, the less said about Malcolm’s previously unmentioned daughter and her gymnastics abilities the better.
2. Jurassic World (2015)
Oddly, Jurassic World seems to have fallen out of favor a bit in the years since its release, or at least developed a very vocal group of detractors. One would never have expected that when the film hit theaters though, as both audiences and critics lavished it with praise, and nearly $ 1.7 billion was earned at the box office. Anchored by capable new leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World offered fans a chance to finally see John Hammond’s dream realized, a fully operational dinosaur-based theme park.
While it’s obvious that things will once again go wrong, that it happens with actual guests at a finished park is a delightful new wrinkle, one which also allows for thrilling scenes of mass dinosaur attack. Jurassic World also introduces the enormous water creature called the Mosasaurus, which would be used to great effect both here and in Fallen Kingdom. Featuring lots of Jurassic Park trilogy fan service, Jurassic World is a film designed from the ground up to delight those who love dinosaurs and grew up with Spielberg’s original films, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
Of course, even as fun as Jurassic World is, it would not be that without Spielberg’s classic to build off of. Jurassic Park is very deservedly one of the most beloved blockbusters ever, and its dinosaur effects still somehow manage to hold up today, when so many other early attempts at CGI creatures now look terrible in hindsight. Jurassic Park is a case of everything working, whether that be directing, writing, casting, effects, and of course the iconic score by legendary composer John Williams.
Just about every aspect of Jurassic Park has become the stuff of pop-culture legend, whether it be Malcolm’s quips, the raptors invading the kitchen, the T-Rex attack on the jeeps, the lawyer getting chomped on the toilet, Mr. DNA, the theme song, the “clever girl” scene, Wayne Knight’s dastardly tech expert, or even the park’s signage. Jurassic Park was and is a masterpiece, and will no doubt continue to be discovered by new generations of fans as the decades since its release continue to pass.
Will There Be A Jurassic World 4
So far there’s been no confirmation that there will be a Jurassic World 4. The Jurassic Park franchise is beloved by fans and continues to be a success at the box 0ffice, so it’s unlikely Universal Studios will ever truly close the doors on it. Jurassic World: Dominion was billed as the conclusion to the franchise, or the World segment at the very least, so there’s room for the next Jurassic movie to be a reboot if the studio wanted to head in that direction. Equally, the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom made dinosaurs a permanent food chain fixture once again. There’s plenty of mileage and stories in the premise of a world where dinosaurs once more run free, and Dominion did not explore much of it, so a sequel or third trilogy is also viable from a narrative perspective.
The 1993 original Jurassic Park is widely regarded as one of the best movies of all time, or at the very least one of the most adored by its fans. It’s definitely a highlight of Steven Spielberg’s already impressive portfolio, which says a lot. It would be hard for Universal to walk away from Jurassic without justification- especially given that shows like Jurassic World: Cretaceous Camp and games like Jurassic World Evolution have started the process of building a media-crossing dinoverse. While Jurassic World: Dominion might not have been the conclusion many fans were hoping for, it did not end things in such a way that the world Jurassic Park created can not find new life. Life does, after all, find a way.
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