By Morgan Cole
Some films are just meant to be seen on the big screen, and “The Lost City” is one of them.
From action-packed sequences (courtesy of Brad Pitt), jokes that land right where they should, and a sweet, slow-burn romance, “The Lost City” has everything you need in a date-night film.
The movie stars Sandra Bullock (who is aging like fine wine, I might add), Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe. Bullock’s character, Loretta, is a romance novelist who is letting her life pass her by. Tatum’s character, Alan (or Dash), is the cover model for Loretta’s romance novels. And lastly, Radcliffe’s character, Fairfax, is the villain of the story.
In the beginning of the film, Fairfax kidnaps Loretta from her book tour and takes her to the lost city described in her latest novel. This is to find a lost piece of treasure that is soon to be covered in lava from an erupting volcano. In an attempt to save Loretta, like his character Dash would do in the romance novels, Alan travels to this island with his trainer, Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt!). What ensues is an adventure like one in Loretta’s romance novels. And boy is it entertaining.
The movie is hilarious. If you get easily annoyed by fellow movie-theater-attendees, then I wouldn’t see this film in theaters. The audience was cracking up during the entirety of the film, and I couldn’t help but join in.
Tatum’s performance as the-guy-who-can’t-save-the-day was a change of pace for him, but it made for some really funny scenes. To the same extent, Radcliffe’s performance as the antagonist was refreshing. He wasn’t scary, if that’s what they were going for, but he was comically psychotic, and you couldn’t put a pin through an insincere moment.
Bullock was definitely type-casted for this role, but she pulled it off as she always does. Loretta was witty, intelligent and beautiful. And anyway, who doesn’t love Sandra Bullock?
The score of the film wasn’t anything extraordinary, but anything more would have taken away from the film. Sometimes you just need the story to tell itself because an overenthusiastic score can be distracting.
What was most refreshing about the film was that it wasn’t deep. There was no deeper-meaning or lesson to be learned from the movie, it was just fun and entertaining. In today’s day and age, audiences are so often given films that are profound and intellectual (which can be nice too). But really, most audiences seek an escape from reality. We seek an adventure, a story that is absurd and ridiculous and would never happen in real life. We seek “The Lost City.”
Make sure you stick around for the after-credits scene, because it’s well-worth the wait.
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Wait until it comes on TV; it isn’t worth paying for unless you’re 11 years old and heavily into dumb treasure-hunt movies. It’s silly but not particularly funny, and the plot is way beyond stale. Channing Tatum is an okay actor but much too young to be a believable love interest for Sandra Bullock. (Maybe she needed the ego trip.) All things considered, “The Lost City” is a hackneyed waste of time.