Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Zaki's Retro Review: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Believe it or not, I come here not to bury The Lost World, but to praise it.

Jurassic Park hit theaters in June of ’93 and the rapturous reception it received at the box office was exactly the kind of alchemy you’d expect when you put “Spielberg” and “dinosaurs” together. With critics and audiences alike primed for more, additional entries were all but assured. At least, that’s what home studio Universal was probably hoping for. However, for director Steven Spielberg, who’d previously seen the same studio squeeze Jaws, which he started for them, into Michael Caine-starring oblivion, the only way Jurassic Park would spawn a franchise was under his terms. And so the waiting game began.

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