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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Was a Mess — And That’s the Point

The Lost World: Jurassic Park was the first sequel in the series and was far from perfect. But its imperfections helped solidify the series’ message.

The following contains spoilers for Jurassic World Dominion, now in theaters.

The Jurassic Park franchise has had its fair share of highs and lows. While the first film has been hailed as a resounding success for the genre and cinema as a whole, its sequels have been met with more divisive critiques. This is to be expected for most sequels, as sequels that surpassed the original are often few and far between. In the case of the series’ first sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the film is a bit of a narrative hodgepodge, but ultimately, this has helped serve the grander narrative of the series and inadvertently justified each entry, whether it’s loved or not.

The original Jurassic Park finished its story with the survivors leaving the island and the subtle promise that life would find a way even after breaking free of humanity’s bonds. However, in the sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, its narrative was more of an inverse as it followed Ian Malcolm and his team as they tried to stop the same people that lost control of their creation from gaining it once more. At a glance, the narrative is fairly straightforward, but the film has many more moving parts, and, as a result, critics felt that it was more of the same rather than a film that had something to add to the original.

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Part of the reason the movie had so much going on was because of the multiple narrative arcs in the film. Not only was Malcolm trying to save his girlfriend, but he was also tasked with being a dutiful father and juggling with trusting his girlfriend, Sarah Harding, enough to take risks. On the opposite end, there were other characters like Roland Tembo, a hunter who was going through his own crisis of conscience. Finally, Peter Ludlow, who was so focused on making a new park, made the same mistakes Hammond did, but even though these plots and subplots could be overwhelming amidst the dinosaur chaos and the main narrative, it actually set a crucial precedent for the series.

The people of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises were never prepared to handle the issues they faced. They were normal people with everyday problems, and even when dinosaurs were attacking them, those personal problems were often right behind them, waiting to appear. This was even shown in the first film with Dr. Alan Grant’s fear of having children. These characters had to juggle so much in their respective films, but they also showed two sides of the series. One side where normal people became heroes and another where its villains made the same mistakes because of their misguided beliefs.

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Another unique take from The Lost World: Jurassic Park was the T-Rex rampage through Sand Diego after he tried looking for his infant son. The entire sequence came at the end of the film and felt very out of place after spending close to two hours on an island. However, in hindsight, this entire film showed early signs of where the series was headed, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dominion finally showcasing a world where dinosaurs roamed free. Even the later films suffered from similar criticisms that The Lost World had and endured a harsher backlash in some instances. That said, the most recent films continued the trend of chaos to show that these films were always going to venture into the uncomfortable and strange the moment they left the island.

The Jurassic franchise could never remain on a deserted island forever. Instead, they opted to lean into the ethical issues presented with genetic research and the creation of hybrid creatures. They also focused heavily on corporate greed, which was most prevalent in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. While it didn’t stick the landing as well as the first, The Lost World showed from the beginning to its end that the series was always going to be a little messy. But there was logic amidst the chaos of character arcs, dinosaur chaos and random city rampages. Within that logic was a theme that culminated in the final frame of Jurassic World Dominion, where the dinosaurs finally found an equilibrium with the world, and life found a way.

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