So just when you think that Jurassic Park franchise is starting to gain traction, what with The Lost World book being an improvement following on from the first Jurassic Park book and the first film being everything that it needed to be really, things sadly start to get kind of disappointing with this entry in to the Jurassic Park franchise, so let’s delve into why that is.
I think the thing that stands out to me most as to what’s actually wrong with this film is that it’s kind of the opposite to the first one in every way really. With the two books I thought that the second one was actually better than the first, and that it certainly worked a lot better as a book than a film as opposed to the first one. However, when it comes to the films, I think the first film is actually a lot better than the second one, and the second one definitely works a lot better as a book.
Now whilst some may well argue that this was inevitable, due to the fact that Jurassic Park only really works as a stand-alone story and doesn’t really need a sequel necessarily, I would argue that this could have actually worked had it been done right due to how well the book had been written. My case in point would be seeing the relationship of Sarah Harding and Ian Malcolm develop on screen. Whilst this might have been one of the highlights of the film, I do think it should have been given the chance to develop a little bit more. And this is where the film could have excelled more, because I think one of the reasons the first film is so good is because I would argue it has the perfect balance between the human nature and the actual spectacle of the dinosaurs. Whereas with this film, it kind of felt like it tried to hit that mark again, but missed it somewhat, due to the fact that it falls into that trap a lot of sequels fall into and that is to simply take a lot of what worked in the first film and exemplify it simply because it worked in the first film, and that just isn’t the case I don’t think, and I think this film really misses the mark because of falling into that trap.
Similarly linking in with this as well, and another trap that a lot of sequels tend to fall into, is that this film is a lot darker than the first one. And I’m not just talking about the overall tone of the story as well, I mean it is literally darker than the first film, I really struggled on many occasions to actually see what was going on in the film it was that dark. But as well as this, whilst I think it can sometimes work for the story to be taken into a darker direction in a second film, I don’t really think it works with this one. This is because, again another reason that makes the first film so great is that it was able to appeal to practically all ages due to it’s overall tone and the themes that run throughout the whole film, so by making this film darker, it almost feels like one of the fundamental things that make Jurassic Park so good is kind of stripped away somewhat, so I think it’s a shame that they did that really.
I think annoyingly as well it really does that lack that real popcorn cinema excitement feel that was so tangible in the first film, that feeling of just being able to switch your brain off and just enjoy the story for what it is, it really did feel like it was missing from this film. As well as this, whilst I mentioned in my Jurassic Park books review that the second one kind of had the feeling that it had just been made due to the fact that the first one did really well, but I was able to gloss over it somewhat, sadly that feeling is a lot more noticeable in this film I have to say, and really did dampen my overall enjoyment of this film as a result.
Overall then, I would say that this is a very disappointing film for me, and I can safely say that I wouldn’t watch this film again if I had the chance sadly. Controversial as it might sound though, I did actually like the third one, and I did think it was somewhat of an improvement as well. But that review is for another time, as for now I shall draw this article to a close. I do very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please do give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then please do feel free to leave them down in the comments section below as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.