Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Every Character Ranked Worst To Best
The Jurassic Park franchise hasn't really served up many compelling or memorable characters since the classic original, and you know what? The recently-released Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sure is no exception.
To the movie's mild credit, it does let the dinosaurs - many of which are distinct characters themselves by this point - firmly steal the show, even if the original proved it was possible to craft likeable and interesting humans alongside all the dino mayhem.
Compelling people aren't easy to come by in Fallen Kingdom, though in fairness, at least a few of them are intentionally simplistic caricatures quickly set up to die horrible deaths at the hands of the dinos.
Some of the younger characters, meanwhile, are especially problematic, and the protagonists still can't hold a candle to the likes of Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Satler (Laura Dern).
From human to dino, here's every character in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ranked from worst to best...
17. Franklin Webb
Long before Fallen Kingdom was even released, Franklin (Justice Smith) was deservedly referred to by many fans as the Jurassic Park franchise's answer to Jar Jar Binks.
The trailers made it abundantly clear that Franklin wouldn't amount to being much more than irritating comic relief, spending most of his screen time shrieking, trembling and dropping cringe-worthy one-liners as he does (before mercifully disappearing for most of act three).
It's nothing against Smith, because few actors could've made Franklin remotely likeable, but it remains a mystery why the script even needed to include a character like this.
Moreover, he's so annoying you might've even started rooting for the dinos to give him an excessively brutal death scene (much like Zara in the previous film). Come on, he totally earned it.
Iris (Geraldine Chaplin) is the housekeeper of the Lockwood estate, Maisie Lockwood's (Isabella Sermon) nanny and one of the few people who knows the secret of her creation.
Aside from appearing in a decades-old photograph with Benjamin Lockwood's (James Cromwell) daughter, Iris does precious little beyond teaching Maisie how to say "bath" with a plummy English twang.
Ultimately she's a pretty pointless character who squanders Chaplin's talents, and the actress was presumably only cast because she's director J.A. Bayona's good luck charm (appearing in all four of his feature films to date).
But at least she's not nails-on-a-chalkboard grating like Franklin, right?
15. Dr. Henry Wu
Dr. Wu (B.D. Wong) is of course the main antagonist of the Jurassic Park franchise after being reintroduced in Jurassic World as an impossibly ambitious, ruthlessly determined geneticist.
Though it seemed like Wu was set to have an expanded role in Fallen Kingdom, he's sadly only around for a few brief scenes, dropping half-baked exposition about the Indoraptor being a sociopathic prototype.
He once again lives to scheme another day, though, after being tranquilised by Franklin during the mayhem of the dinosaur auction. He'll most certainly be back in the next one, where he'll probably finally, hopefully get his comeuppance.
His showing here was a bit of a damp squib, however, and so much more could've clearly been done with the character.
14. Benjamin Lockwood