While it bears little resemblance to the novel on which it is based, and had the unfortunate task of following up on of Spielberg's most magical films, THE LOST WORLD is still a thrilling adventure in its own right. Sure the San Diego finale "jumps the shark" somewhat, but there's a lot to admire here. It's a darker, more intense film, but it stands on its own better than its given credit for.
Quite funny, a little thrilling and over-the-top just like the previous one. I'm glad to see less screaming kids and more dino in this one, plus Pete Postlethwaite. Baby Rex for president!
While the first film's form was enslaved by a narcissistic compulsion to herald its own innovation, the sequel’s diminished grandeur allows for elliptical editing and playful POVs that signify a break from sci-fi obligations and an embracement of B-movie aesthetics and sensibilities. Terse panning and cutting in the tyrannosaurs' parental pining insinuates anthropomorphism without succumbing to pernicious bathos.
Barring a superb set-piece with a trailer hanging over a cliff, this completely lacks the excitement and wonder of the original. The dinosaur effects seem less impressive, Sam Neill is MIA, Jeff Goldblum's character has had a personality transplant, and the whole thing goes on far too long, the ill-advised final act feeling tacked on purely in a "wouldn't it be cool to see a dinosaur rampaging through San Diego" way.
Rewatching this stinker on blu-ray was a real eye opener. In many ways, it's just as abysmal as the much-maligned "Cyrstal Skull." The film finds Spielberg repeating many of the same mistakes he made on "Temple of Doom": the atmosphere is much darker but the humor is played way more broad, creating an uneven tone. An anti-capitalist film that's so poorly written you'll actually be rooting for the corporate shills.
Although I am rather harsh in my estimation of this film, talking with Mr. Seth Farmer I realized there are a few sequences I genuinely love: the InGen asshole who has the balls to ride a motorcycle under a moving brontosaurus; the velociraptor attack in a field at night; and clueless Californians reversing through traffic at the sight of a rampaging T-Rex.