Film at 25: ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ Remains a Rare Spielberg Misfire

Movie at 25: 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' is still a rare Spielberg failure

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: david kopp

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite

Synopsis: A research team is sent to Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while a team from InGen approaches with another agenda.

How was Steven Spielberg going to go on? schindler’s list? After enjoying one of the most spectacular years for a director in history, 1993 gave us Jurassic Parkone of the biggest and most significant box office hits in history, and schindler’s list, the three-hour Holocaust drama that ultimately earned Spielberg an Oscar for best director, took him a few years to decide on his next project. Ultimately, he chose the safe route and opted for a film that would have been successful regardless of its quality. And what he gave us in May 1997 was definitely a drop in quality, to be sure. The Lost World: Jurassic Park it is one of the weakest efforts in Spielberg’s fifty-plus-year film career.

The most frustrating element of the film is that it had the makings of greatness, lots of right decisions, a couple of beautifully shot and well-paced action scenes. It was the right choice to cast Jeff Goldblum in the lead role, as Ian Malcolm was one of the best parts of the 1993 original, and the central cliffhanger sequence of two tyrannosaurs rex attacking a trailer and knocking it off a cliff is a great one. . The emerging actors of the time do solid work, including Julianne Moore as Sarah Harding, who was months away from her first Oscar nomination for boogie nights. And Vince Vaughn, thrilled by his charismatic performance in couple swappinghe’s a good addition to the cast, if he’s given little to do overall.

When I watched the movie’s opening weekend at age twelve, I loved that the final act takes the T. rex to San Diego and has the dinosaur stomping through a busy street like Godzilla, but twenty-five years later, I now point to this ending . sequence as the main problem with The Lost World: Jurassic Park—the film is overloaded with too many characters and ideas, without the clear and compelling line of the original. You don’t feel Spielberg’s passion in this, the only real sequel he’s done in his career (if you don’t count the Indiana Jones franchise as a series of sequels). There was a long gap between films, and it probably took this to show that it could still deliver a successful box office hit; Of course, The Lost World: Jurassic Park won $618 million worldwide, the second-highest-grossing film of 1997 after Titanic. But while making the film, he was already thinking about the most significant upcoming projects of his:Friendship Y Saving Private Ryanboth released within the next fourteen months.

The other character still not working is Ian’s daughter Kelly, played by Vanessa Lee Chester, who essentially takes on the role of Tim and Lex, but always feels awkwardly pulled into the narrative. The problem is not Chester’s performance; she’s fine, but the character is too backed up to care, and the reveal of her gymnastic skills in a goofy, supposedly applause-worthy moment with a velociraptor is actually one of the movie’s most groan-worthy moments. Annoying kids were a big part of the 1997 action movie landscape – think of the deaf girl in Speed ​​2: Cruise Control—and the incorporation of Kelly in The Lost World: Jurassic Park It didn’t do the movie any favors.

If it had been possible, Spielberg needed to bring back the original’s two lead actors to go on this journey with Goldblum. Although we have cameos from Sir Richard Attenborough as John Hammond, Joseph Mazzello as Tim, and Ariana Richards as Lex, the absence of Sam Neill as Alan Grant and Laura Dern as Ellie Sattler is deeply felt throughout the second installment. Their compelling relationship, primarily due to Alan’s lack of parental feelings, plays a major role in the success of Jurassic Park, and the relationship between Ian and Sarah doesn’t have the complexity to carry a two-hour movie. It is the work of the character more than anything that is missing in The Lost World: Jurassic Parkand while our prior knowledge of Ian helps in this matter, even he is less interesting in the sequel, not as witty and sarcastic, more your standard action movie hero.

We are on the cusp of Jurassic World: Dominion, which after twenty-nine years finally brings back the original trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum; we’ll finally see what it’s like to have these three together again. as flawed as Jurassic Park III I mean, seeing Neill and Dern interact briefly was exciting, and Neill’s performance in the third installment is excellent, his welcome presence making the movie worth watching. He and Dern are sorely missed at The Lost World: Jurassic Parka film that has its moments, including fantastic action and visuals, but overall remains one of Steven Spielberg’s most disappointing and throwaway entertainments in a mostly impressive career.

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