Written and filmed consecutively, this sequel proves to be a case of lightning striking twice in the same series. While there are significant differences between the novel and film, it's still awesome, as it then seems as if you're reading two different spins on the same adventure. Fans of the series will love this one, and even better in some ways. A must see!!!! Cannot be missed!!!! Even if you're not familiar with the series, then now would be a good time to get with the program!
The character of Roland Tembo and Nick Van Owen really make this movie what it is. Vince Vaughn brings the comedy into most all of his sequences, but was unfortunately cut from the climax. Roland brings in the concept of big game hunting at it's best, in which a cut prologue scene with his character hints at that with his Kenyan Ranch. His entire storyline is a nod to the classic tale of "The Most Dangerous Game" in which a hunter shipwrecks and arms people on his island to hunt for a better opponent, but since Tembo's never hunted a dinosaur, the Rex steps in and makes it happen! The absence of Roland from the climax also depletes the ending of the movie, which is also a Spielberg trademark, as San Diego wasn't in the original or final script, or the book by Chricton.
The new type of Ian Malcom character is also appealing as his traits are carried over from the first film, and expanded upon for this one. Still just as funny, but a bit more serious. Fans will still appreciate the role. I however miss his configurations that scatter the entire first and second book.
What makes the film unique, is that both Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg wanted to return for a sequel to collaborate on cuz they loved the first one so much (not to mention it's payoff). So that just makes this movie that much more full of passionate creators.
Same with the combined talents of Stan Winston and Dennis Muren, who both worked to top themselves this time around. And they did just that. The dinosaurs are just as real and believable, but now twice as heavy!
So jump back into this great, thrice in a lifetime adventure that's 65 million years in the making!!!