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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) d. Spielberg, Steven (USA) (2nd viewing) 129 min
Placeholder reviews until I can get back to this. (IT IS HALLOWEEN AFTER ALL.) My biggest impression this time around was that David Koepp's script is so horrible that one would be better off to simply shut off the sound and watch the dino action in relative peace, except for the ridiculously fantastic narrow escapes that turn it all into a cartoon. Some decent moments, but only a big budgeted brainless popcorn burner. I'd hoped for better, but considering how the original has also dropped in my estimation, perhaps that was just wishful thinking.
Jurassic Park III (2001) d. Johnston, Joe (USA) (2nd viewing) 92 min
Another placeholder. Bringing back Sam Neill's Dr. Grant (the original JP element that continues to hold up upon repeat viewings) was a good start, and creating a semi-plausible reason for anyone to set foot on that accursed island was a decent follow-up, and giving us a not completely annoying juvenile character was yet another plus. Overall, this might be the least pretentious and most enjoyable entry overall, with the highest level of rewatchability. (And, of course, it's the one that earned the least at the box office.) That said, Tea Leoni, who I've had a crush on since 1996's Flirting with Disaster, is given nothing to do but screech and caterwaul and make a general nuisance of herself. Someone should have fought harder to make the lone female character a stronger, more fully realized one.