In the first act of the perfectly constructed original “Jurassic Park,” we are given a leisurely tour through the amusement park — watching the cars keep to their tracks, the dinosaurs at peace in their pens, pointing out where cafeteria and computers are housed: All place-setting mise en place for the mise-en-scène, as the breathtaking second half shows us all the structures we’ve just met upended — cars going off-road, dinos roaming free, a chaotic struggle for survival in the cafeteria complex. The “Big Little Lies” premiere (Feb. 19) does similar work.

Read more of my thoughts on Big Little Lies: Somebody’s Dead


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