The Lost World is the movie in the Jurassic franchise that I’ve seen the most. My dad got it on VHS, and I would watch it at least once whenever I would spend the weekend with him. I did that for at least a year and a half after he got it. I hadn’t seen it in some time, much like the first movie, but I remembered a lot more about this. That almost certainly comes from the amount of times I’ve seen it. I’ve learned that this wasn’t as well loved as I thought it was.
A lot of the criticism I’ve seen has had to do with the writing. The Lost World was only written by David Koepp rather than Koepp and Crichton. Koepp’s script was based on Crichton’s book by the same name. The book took some of the elements from the first movie that were different than the book, like Ian Malcolm being alive since he died in the Jurassic Park novel. This was one of the few sequels that Steven Spielberg directed.
I really appreciate how Ian Malcolm was changed from the first movie. There were even hints at how different he was before the events of Jurassic Park. The rest of the cast is interesting especially since there’s a whole group that serve as the antagonists. There are different ways that the characters in the two groups interact. Once everything starts in the story it barely lets off the throttle. I will say that it could have been made without the San Diego stuff being in the movie. While it is incredibly entertaining It feels like a short movie that was tacked on.
There seemed to be more CG in this movie than in the previous movie. The improvements in the time between the making of the two movies is evident in how good they look in this movie. The practical effects help sell the urgency of the action. The CG and the practical effects are just used so masterfully together. John Williams was back as the composer for The Lost World. There are a lot of reused pieces but those pieces are amazing.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a solid follow up to a classic movie that isn’t afraid to dip into horror elements. The camp massacre and the tall grass are the most evident dips into horror because they play like a horror movie. I’m a little hesitant going into the third movie, because I’ve only seen it once and that was me barely watching it. I give The Lost World: Jurassic Park 8.5 mosquitos in amber out of 10.