If there exists a school of thought that marries commercially viable blockbuster cinema with well made, thoughtful cinema, then Steven Spielberg would be at the spearhead of it. The maverick director has a celebrated string of films to his name, equal parts well-made and entertaining, a lot of them even frontrunners at the academy and a handful of them among the best films ever made. The father of the modern Hollywood blockbuster, in my opinion, Spielberg has entire franchises that owe their success to the man. One such franchise is the ‘Jurassic’ franchise, now five films old with the latest installment just hitting screens earlier this year.
As with all other franchises that continue their run into the 21st century from the golden decades of Hollywood, the ‘Jurassic’ franchise too seems to be out of fuel as of now, and worryingly so, out of enough reasons to justify its continued run, except the cash of course. However, guilty as charged, the thrill of watching a prehistoric creature recreated in stunning 3D on the big screen is quite unparalleled. With the first Jurassic Park film, Spielberg tapped into something so unprecedented that a series of films with essentially the same idea at their core would go on to fetch billions in moolah at the worldwide box office. That, I believe, is what gets the audience to the theatres continually, every time a ‘Jurassic’ film hits screens. So, without further ado, here’s the list of all Jurassic Park movies, ranked from worst to best. You can watch some of these Jurassic Park movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
5. Jurassic World III (2001)
Definite unanimous votes on this one, I suppose. As with virtually all the other Jurassic films on the list, the film, while not completely bad, is at the receiving end of a franchise that got hot because of its concept and groundbreaking use of technology and execution, but continued its gradual decline on account of the creative department. In a lot of ways, I feel that is inevitable. With the third film in the franchise being directed by Joe Johnston, one definitely does feel the hand of Spielberg missing.
The film is darker than the previous two, but the suspense just doesn’t build up with the same tension as it did in the previous installments. That’s not all of its problems though; the characters and their dialogues are contrived in a way that never lets them develop more than an intended one film venture, except Sam Neill who stands out and does a good job. A LOT of the scenes are completely rehashed from the first one, and a lot others are completely ridiculous to the point of not mentioning. The franchise was thus put into involuntary limbo following the release of this film, only to be revived roaring with $1.6 Billion at the box office 14 years later.
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