“I read both of your books. I liked the first one more. Before you were on the island. You liked dinosaurs back then.”
In this day and age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, movie franchises are planned out years and half a dozen sequels in advance. But a mere decade or so ago, a decent sequel was a novelty, and a third movie was more than likely one last cash grab before all goodwill was pissed away. In my memory, Jurassic Park was the blockbuster hit that deserved every cent of its box office success and every newspaper inch of its critical praise. While The Lost World: Jurassic Park was its less appreciated, cash in sequel.
Also in my memory, as someone who had seen neither of its predecessors, Jurassic Park III was the expected shitty, last breath cash grab that ended being revered as nothing but a shitty, last breath cash grab. But I never saw Jurassic Park III in the context of it being the second sequel, eight years after the beloved original. I saw it less than 24 hours after shot gunning the first two. I wonder if that affected my opinion of Jurassic Park III? I wonder? (more…)