The Lost World: Jurassic Park ★★★★

Perhaps rougher around the edges when it comes to balancing tone than its predecessor, I nonetheless consider The Lost World to be incredibly underrated.

The movie embraces its B-movie heritage while still managing to be as thematically rich as the first one. The decision to move the segment with the little rich girl and the compsognathus dinos, which occurred in the first novel, to the opening here, is inspired—what a perfect metaphor for Site B being wreaked havoc upon in the absence of its creator.

And while Malcolm's daughter tends to be the most reviled component of this flick, her characterization mirrors the theme of futility in preventing your creation's own autonomy. I can't help but wonder whether Spielberg was grappling with one of his children growing up into an adult.