Summary of “‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Last Action Hero,’ and the Meta-Blockbuster”

Last Action Hero would show that an actor who was already skirting self-parody on- and offscreen-a walking Simpsons character-could take a joke while laughing all the way to the bank.
Having committed a then-massive $60 million budget to a conceptually promising but unpolished script, Columbia sent Last Action Hero through multiple revisions, dismissing Penn and Leff and bringing on Shane Black and then William Goldman.
Last Action Hero limped into theaters with the worst pre-release buzz since Ishtar.
In his excellent 2004 book Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, author Tom Shone suggested that the showdown between Last Action Hero and Jurassic Park was more than a game of chicken between Sony and Universal.
It’s still very much Spielberg’s world, while Last Action Hero remains a relic of a fallen kingdom.
You can almost imagine Ready Player One’s Wizard of Oz figure, James Halliday, insisting that Last Action Hero was a misunderstood masterpiece.
T2’s script plunged a not-so-innocent teenager into an R-rated world of gore, gunplay, and four-letter words, while Last Action Hero stranded Danny in a PG-13 purgatory.
In between these two movies Last Action Hero gives us an Arnold who doubts his own abilities.

The orginal article.