“A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.”
Let me start off by saying that the trailer for this movie is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It delivered in every. way. possible. and left me screaming in the theater.
The trailer has a booming soundtrack, features Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum trading hilarious barbs and moments of physical comedy with one another, and hints at an Indiana Jones-esque plot featuring an eccentric billionaire (played by Daniel Radcliffe in wonderful career choice by him) who is determined to find an ancient, remote civilization’s lost treasure. And then, just when you think it can’t get any better, THE ADONIS THAT IS BRAD PITT SHOWS UP! And the man has never looked better. I mean damn…sorry, give me a moment to compose myself.
Moving on. The film definitely has all of those moments and is a fun romp which I would definitely be willing to watch again; however, I was left a bit disappointed. Let me clarify…
As I rule, I generally try to go into films with little to no expectations. I’ve been let down by too many films and have learned better. Plus there are movies that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by, by going in with no expectations. However, I forgot this cardinal rule going into Lost City and let my expectations peak just a little too high. Ultimately, I felt that most of the best material was used in the trailer and the moments in between these scenes were a little more dull than I would have liked. The pace of the film was just a bit off. There were would be large pauses where relatively little happened, follow by fly-by moments of hilarity. I wanted it to be a She’s the Man, a Hamlet 2, a Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I wanted my stomach to hurt by the end of the movie from laughing so hard.
Ultimately, that is not what ended up happening. But did I regret seeing the movie? No. Like I said, I’ll watch it again and maybe I’ll even end up enjoying it more the second time around. But this time, my expectations clouded by experience and Lost City became another relatively forgettable romcom.
Rating: 6 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: The Proposal, The Nice Guys
Streaming: In Theaters
With: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt
Directed By: Aaron and Adam Nee