Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Lost World: Jurassic Park. B

I enjoyed 'The Lost World' considerably more than the original, partly because the characters were stronger, but also because this was just one long, all-out action scene, a tour de force of the genre, a glimmering spectacle of visual elegance. The plot involves two groups who journey to the lost world to find dinosaurs. The group that the story focuses on is lead by Dr. Malcolm (the only player with a major role returning from the original) and his girlfriend Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore). They are accompanied by a photo journalist (Vince Vaughn) and Malcolm's daughter Kelly (Vanessa Lee Chester). They are simply trying to study these creatures, while the other group, led by Roland Tembo (Pete Postlethwaite-the main villain from 'The Last of the Mohicans), are trying to capture them and bring them back the to U.S. I was reminded very much of 'King Kong' only without Kong. Steven Spielberg again directs, and though the movie, like its original, does not offer much from below the surface, it still dazzles visually, while Moore, Postlethwaite, and Vaughn all make for memorable characters. I'd also like to point out the score from John Williams, which ranks among his best work. Like its predecessor, 'The Lost World' is occasionally terrifying, especially when a trailer slides over a cliff. I'll leave it at that.

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