Jurassic World 3 has the potential to close out the franchise by delivering a powerful conclusion to the trilogy... but will it actually be any good?
When the first Jurassic World took audiences back to Isla Nublar in 2015, director Colin Trevorrow did a reasonable job of capturing the magic once more. Certainly, audiences thought so; Jurassic World grossed over $1.6 billion at the box office. The movie had its weak spots, for sure, but overall it worked - and worked a lot better than sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. J.A. Bayona's movie (again written by Trevorrow) was clunky, with numerous plot holes, and a lacking narrative direction. It's becoming clear Jurassic World is a trilogy that needs to improve vastly for its final installment.
As it stands, it's likely Jurassic World 3 will follow a similar pattern to the previous movies - box office success that belies the reviews - although fatigue for the franchise is beginning to show; Fallen Kingdom fared very well internationally, but domestically it was a different story, suffering a steep drop in takings in its second weekend, and this can be attributed to a number of issues with the movie itself. Quality may, once again, need to find a way.
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The Problems With Jurassic World So Far
Jurassic World took us back to the world of Steven Spielberg's creation, realizing the promise of the open theme park. Of course, in keeping with the themes first brought up by Jurassic Park, the age-old question of whether humans could ever really control the dinosaurs was at the forefront of the movie and the answer was a resolute no. The problem was, this had been all been covered before; while the movie was an entertaining homage to the Jurassic Park franchise, it failed to bring anything new to the table other than hybrid dinosaurs.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom got off to a slow start, but did introduce a big twist by its ending: the notion of dinosaurs living among us, and the ensuing threat to human civilization. However, whether writer Trevorrow or director Bayona realized it or not, the mechanics of the reveal meant it didn't make all that much sense. At most, around 50 dinosaurs, from 11 or so species, were set free, and they all have trackers implanted. It's implausible to think that the U.S. Army could not be drafted in to control the situation.
But, however silly it is, Jurassic World 3 is being set up as the humans versus the dinosaurs; a concept that has the potential to work really well, yet so far has yet to be given any real substance. There's no doubt that the dinosaurs are spectacular, with refined designs and top-level CGI, but both movies have been waylaid by weak scripts and characters who lack any real depth. The upshot of this? The audience cares far more about the death of a brachiosaurus than they do about the story at hand.
Colin Trevorrow Isn't The Right Person To Lead Jurassic World 3
What compounds the problems so far for Jurassic World 3 is the choice of director. Colin Trevorrow is the primary creator of the new trilogy, writing and directing Jurassic World and providing the screenplay for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and is back behind the camera of the sequel. From the two movies so far, it's clear Trevorrow has an unconventional approach to his storytelling (something echoed by The Book of Henry), and reports on his last-minute rewrites of Jurassic World as well attitude before being removed from Star Wars Episode IX have created the picture of him being difficult to work with. Given where things are at now, he's not the optimum choice the continue the story.
Trevorrow has always envisioned Jurassic World as a three movie franchise, and that's evident in Fallen Kingdom, which is a victim of the dreaded "saggy middle" syndrome. Jurassic World 3 has been set up as Trevorrow wanted it, but there are doubtless many other directors and writers out there who could inject some much-needed energy and excitement into the flagging franchise.
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- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021