The Following article is from BamSam's Novermber 2011 post on themoviedudes.net
The first entry in my guide to '97 is the much anticipated sequel to Jurassic Park.
As stated in the introduction article, I spent most of this years movie going experiences in the then known Warner village in lakeside. The months leading up to the release of TLW, there were lots of teaser posters and trailers popping up around the cinema, one of the most memorable was a huge, almost walk way long cardboard cutout of jungle with a raptor eye peering through a clearing with the words "something has survived" scrolled all the way along. In these pre Internet gossip days, speculation began to grow about a lone raptor surviving the first movies island, but that was quickly squashed with the teaser trailer that followed.
The excitement took the next step when we went to book our tickets the week before release when the cinema had a HUGE (at least 50-60 foot) banner that made it look as though a t-Rex was crashing through the wall ( a few years back I purchased a much smaller but 3d version of the Image, to go with my collection of JP memorabilia).
So the film was finally released, the buzz around it was mostly positive. The film was a box office smash and the tie ins were out in full force, from burger king meals, tea bags, crisps etc. you couldn't escape the dino fever!
As you would expect it did not live up to the first film, but was a pretty decent effort. The sfx were still mind blowing and the story was enjoyable and fairly loyal to the novel. The one thing that did stick out of the movie, especially for me was the t-Rex rampage through San Diego. What more could you ask for than the king of the dinosaurs rampaging through a city.
There was a few questions that I left the cinema asking myself which still baffle me to this day, like i know the movie is not the most realistic in the world, but how is it possible that jeff goldblum has a black daughter?
Anyways...the film is a fantastic thrill ride and a perfect example of a blockbuster. The Lost World would have been No.1 box office hit of the year but was beaten by a certain romantic James Cameron film, which personally I thought was a ship wreck...