The Lost World: Jurassic Park ★★★½

This movie gets a bum rap. Certainly it's more ragged than the original film, sloppier in its construction. It feels smaller scale, too; much of the action takes place at night, and certain key sequences (the trailer going over the edge of the cliff, for instance) are lacking certain effects shots which might have better established the action and upped the tension. Still, this movie is a blast; the characters tend towards broad stereotypes, but the scenery chewing (particularly from Richard Schiff, Pete Postlethwaite, and of course Jeff Goldblum) is delicious, and Spielberg directs the hell out of the action. I'm not sure I've heard John Williams have more fun with a score. The whole thing is a trifle, to be sure, but it's an enormously entertaining trifle that I really enjoy.