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WATCH: Oliver retro-reviews Jurassic Park: The Lost World

March 27th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Jurassic Park: The Lost World – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Jurassic Park was the biggest movie ever at the box office when it came out and everyone wanted a sequel – even Steven Spielberg said he wanted to do one – but Michael Crichton hadn’t written a follow-up book. Fans and critics begged him for a follow-up and he had never written a sequel to one of his books but he eventually wrote one that was published in 1995. The hype for the Lost World was crazy; people were still obsessed with dinosaurs and were itching to see a sequel.

When it came out everyone flocked to it, breaking box office records and it crawled back over $600 million. Despite its huge numbers it didn’t make as much as the previous film and fans’ and critics’ opinions on the movie were certainly very mixed.

Are you still fond of the Lost World or do you feel it never worked when it came out and has gotten worse with time?

Let’s find out.

Oliver’s review

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I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.