The sixth—and presumably final—film in the Jurassic Park Franchise is due out tomorrow (tonight really). As we prepare, I’ve been re-watching. Below is my take on the five previous films in the franchise, presented in ascending order. Enjoy the finale and embrace the re-watch!
Jurassic Park III (2001)
About: This is the shortest of the films, but it’s also the worst. We get Sam Neill back as Dr. Alan Grant but the story here feels forced. There are some cool dinosaur moments but this felt like the definition of an unnecessary sequel.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
About: This is the fifth film in the franchise. It returns Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard but it suffers from some ridiculous plot points. It takes the template of another Jurassic franchise sequel and adds a weird human cloning plot. It was a disappointment.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
About: This sequel to the original is directed by Steven Spielberg and returns star Jeff Goldblum. It gets a lot of hate, and I understand. It’s not a great film. HOWEVER, I’m going to say it’s better and more watchable than it gets credit for being. Give it another shot.
Jurassic World (2015)
About: This was something of a giant re-boot of the Jurassic franchise, and I was skeptical. What we got was something that was faithful not just to the tone of the original, but to its spirit and ethos. I think Michael Crichton would have been proud of the work Colin Trevorrow did here.
Jurassic Park (1993)
About: I was a 12-year-old when I first saw this film in theaters. It captured my heart and drew me in. I fell in love. I’ve seen it more than 20 times since, and read the novel, and it continues to be a story that thrills and compels me. It’s an incredible achievement.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.