@Exquisite_Corpse, @ShotBotWill :
I have to disagree on The Lost World being a horrible movie. At least it is miles ahead of JP3 in my eyes. What you say works in 3 I say works in 2. Different tastes and opinions I guess. I could hardly watch 3, but was almost always on the edge of my seat in 2. I definitely agree that 3 knows what it is and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which can be seen as positive, I liked Malcolm’s and 2’s subtle dry wit humour more, and for me the character of him, Sarah, Eddie, and even the hunter was way more compelling than any from 3, I only remember Alan’s egg guy friend because he played the main guy’s striker buddy in the movie Goal And yeah, I hated the way they treated the T-Rex, it was really a fan-disservice rather than fanservice, but again, these are all subjective. 2 has these stupid moments, like killing a raptor using poles and athletic swings and the whole San Diego bit is dividing to say the least, and it throws the pacing off by having another high intensity ending after basically having it already in the raptor escape scene on the island, but I personally loved it. It dared to be different than 1, it dared to have its own atmosphere.
But what really differentiates 2 from 3 is the music. The score for The Lost World is like a secret gem among the John Williams community, full of musical high points sometimes left alone by the dividing nature of the film. I dare say that in places it’s better than the first score. Again, it dared doing something completely different. As this took place on another island, Williams mostly abandoned the iconic 2 themes from the first movie, only hinting them here and there to finally burst it out in the finale scene of the movie to a satisfying conclusion. He established a set of atmospheric orchestrations that really works and stands out, the percussion work is especially sublime, always pumping in the background or the foreground, never letting you forget that it’s an abandoned tropical island this time and nature is always there around you. And how he complements this with some amazing brass work is among the best he’s ever written. And then 3 completely abandoned all this and went back to the methodologies of the first score despite 3 taking place on the same island as 2. It was Don Davis this time, so no JW, and he did a good job, really professional and enjoyable score, but nothing special, more like a rehash of JP1s success without any of its own highlights (he kind of “meh”s up the most iconic theme with an unnecessary variation, something even Giacchino on Jurassic World wouldn’t dare to do)
This is one of my favourite scenes from 2, I saw this in a theatre when I was 9 (interestingly, JP1 was the first ever movie I saw in a theatre when I was 5 ), and I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time, after all these years, it’s still full-on Goosebumps for me hearing it and seeing it. Just listen to how the music reacts to what’s happening while maintaining a perfect flow, how the bells signal doom when the dinos arrive, and how satisfying is the swelling strings and fanfare brass build-up at the end.
It doesn’t help the movie that Johnny Depp is really on a negative downwards spiral nowadays, he has so much controversial stuff about his personality lately (like abuse issues) that this almost reeks of desperation on his part at this point, and it’s extra hard to be sympathetic about any of the characters. Yeah, they’re pirates, so they’re the scum of the Earth either way, but Johnny Depp himself doesn’t help it at this point I’m still gonna see it eventually, if nothing else, the music will keep me interested But Wonder Woman is way higher on my list right no, that’s the first DCU film I’m actually looking forward to see.