The Lost World - Jurassic Park Reviews
The Lost World manages to maintain the same quality of visual effects that Jurassic Park gave to us. The problem is that the story, character writing/character vision, and the bizarre tacked-on Hollywood moments (Malcolm: They cut you from the team?) and the San Francisco sequence seem to pull away from the quality.
This movie suffers from blockbuster sequel comparison deficiency syndrome. Jurassic Park is just SO good, that any sequel would look utterly pale in comparison.
The Lost World also takes a previously strong character, Ian Malcolm, and underwrites him, especially in the late second/third act; even though his dialogue and direction remain fairly true throughout the beginning of the movie.
Aside from the writing, the raw action and effects manage to deliver heartily. This movie still looks great, sounds great, and has some fantastic dinosaur scenes.
In summation, where Jurassic Park impressed by being a smart, character driven movie about people getting eaten by dinosuars, The Lost World is only able to move forward by being a movie about people being eaten by dinosaurs. Still worth it to watch if you like good effects!
"First it's the Oohs and Aahs and then there's the running and the screaming" -Ian Malcolm