Return to the Lost World (1992) starring John Rhys-Davies, David Warner, Eric McCormack, Nathania Stanford directed by Timothy Bond Movie Review

Return to the Lost World (1992)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Return to the Lost World (1992)

It Lost Me Again

It's been a few years since the expedition to the Lost World and whilst Charger (John Rhys-Davies) and Summerlee (David Warner) have gone back to being childish rivals, Edward (Eric McCormack) and Jenny (Tamara Gorski) spend a lot of time together travelling the world. When Edward receives news that The Lost World is in danger thanks to industrialists forcing their way on to the land to exploit its minerals with out a care for the fragile ecosystem the group must come together to head back to Africa to try and save the place before the industrialists ruin it or trigger a volcanic disaster through their activities.

As I mentioned in my review of "The Lost World"; there were movies which I discovered during summer holidays back in my school days that I have fond memories of which only become tarnished when I get to watch them again. And whilst by 1992 I had long moved on from school summer holidays I can imagine that I would have enjoyed "The Lost World" and its sequel "Return to the Lost World" in the same way I did those movies I have fond memories of. The thing is that I have only just discovered these movies and whilst they brought a smile to my face their weaknesses are incredibly clear, from poor casting to dodgy effects and dodgy dialogue.

Now as to "Return to the Lost World", well as a grown up I can only think that the producers knew that the first movie would be enough to entertain a young teenage audience and so would be worth making a sequel to it making them back to back. The thing is that narratively this sequel is weaker as rather than being an adventure of discovery it becomes good guys against bad guy industrialists threatening the Lost World, a simple storyline which will work for young teens who will enjoy more the humour of Charger and Summerlee getting on each other's nerves again as well as the cute puppet dinosaurs.

What this all boils down to is that "Return to the Lost World" is really just a continuation of "The Lost World" made at the same time to appeal to those who enjoyed the first movie. As such watched for the first time as a grown up its obvious issues outshines the fun bits of it.