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What Went Wrong with the Franchise
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What Went Wrong with the Franchise

The Jurassic World trilogy was a huge financial triumph, but it also represents a vastly squandered opportunity.

In 1993, Jurassic Park was released to virtually unanimous critical and financial acclaim. Audiences were astounded by the film’s groundbreaking visual effects, which revolutionized what cinema was capable of. The second film, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, featured more of the dino threats that would eventually become Jurassic Park‘s mainstay, but it also began the process of the series’ peculiar need to pointlessly incorporate other monster movie themes (i.e. transforming the T-Rex into a Godzilla stand-in causing havoc through San Diego). Then, in Jurassic Park III, there were some really amusing or ludicrous parts, such as when the phone rang within the Spinosaurus and the exciting Pteranodons sequence. However, this movie demonstrated that the series wasn’t some provocative, research investigation of humanity’s connection with the past; it was pure entertainment instead.


In 2015, when Jurassic World debuted, it carried the burden of continuing one of the most recognizable franchises in movie history. And even though Jurassic World was absurdly overdone, people were glued to the screen. The emotional conclusion of the next film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, undoubtedly prepared us for a very unique future from what we had previously seen in the Jurassic franchise. Dinosaurs were no longer housed in an institution of some type and were roaming the earth.

Sadly, Jurassic World Dominion winds up back in a facility and repeating familiar flaws. Depending on whatever side they are on, the characters are either striving to conserve or catch dinosaurs, and we find ourselves back in a facility. The Jurassic World trilogy has been irritating because it never appears to learn from its own faults. Each sequel has increased the spectacle in the expectation that you’ll be entertained enough to overlook the reality that it shares many issues with the Jurassic Park trilogy. Here are the reasons the franchise faltered.

Abandons the Core Premise

Jurassic World Will Have a Real Park Gate in Finished Movie

Jurassic World revitalized the franchise by demonstrating to viewers for the first time how a fully working Jurassic Park may truly function. Unfortunately, both the 2015 film and its two sequels wasted this chance. For the sake of a series of increasingly ludicrous plot lines, the films swiftly abandoned the premise that Jurassic World could serve as a real location in which the connection between people and dinosaurs could’ve been thoroughly analyzed. If the films had seriously committed to a world in which John Hammond’s vision was realized, we would have a very different series. Jurassic World had the potential to address complex, interesting themes like the relationship between man and the environment and the dangers of scientific discovery without losing the dinosaur adventure.

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Uses Too Many Plot Devices

Jurassic World Bryce
Universal Pictures

The choice to do away with any feeling of reality was at the heart of Jurassic World’s failure to capitalize on its intriguing concept. The greatest success of Spielberg’s original was in making it appear completely plausible, despite the fact that the fundamental idea of bringing dinosaurs back from the dead is intrinsically absurd. The Jurassic World trilogy was plagued by abrupt tone swings in addition to the inclusion of progressively ridiculous story elements (i.e. Claire being chased by the Indominus Rex in high heels), including underground dino auctions, combat-trained raptors, and human genetic manipulation. Overall, Jurassic World struggled to maintain a single storyline and progress through the narrative in a way that fully linked the franchise. The series suffered from a lack of concentration and overuse of story elements.

The subpar writing simply accounts for most of the Jurassic World trilogy’s dubious plot choices. Ineffective character development was hampered by awkward speech, making the characters pale copies of the original protagonists. Poor writing undoubtedly contributed significantly to the series’ deteriorating reputation, along with the absurd plot elements that came to define the narrative. Any effort to communicate a more intricate, comprehensive tale was surrendered for cinematic spectacle and tremendous action in the Jurassic World movies.

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Compared to the Jurassic Park Trilogy

Jurassic Park
Universal Pictures

The second trio of movies rebranded itself as Jurassic World, while the first three continue to use the old Jurassic Park moniker. Although every one of them has wonderful attributes, some just outweigh others. Even though they are part of the same film world, everyone will constantly be comparing the two trilogies. The characters, stories, special effects, music, directors, overarching themes, and more will all be continually compared by viewers. In actuality, everything boils down to personal choice depending on what you want out of the movies you’re watching. The Jurassic Park trilogy will generally be regarded as being superior to the Jurassic World trilogy since it offers more inspiration and substance in addition to the action and mindless entertainment. The Jurassic World trilogy ultimately failed because it lacked a solid plan. It did not apply John Hammond’s lesson about trying to revive the past without having a solid strategy for the future.