Friday, 24 March 2017

The Lost City of Z (2016) - Film Review


I'm having a hard time putting James Gray's true life adventure film 'The Lost City of Z' into words. It's a compelling and beauty piece of work, but difficult to talk about. There's a sort of quiet majesty to this. It's not a loud, fast-paced adventure film. It's much slower and more meaningful than that.

It all feels classic. Like an older film made with todays technology. In some ways it feels timeless. Rather than bombarding you with set-pieces we instead get a much more character focused piece about Charlie Hunnam's true life explorer Percival Fawcett who went missing during one of his expeditions to the Amazon to find a lost city he calls "Z".

There really is a fascinating true story here of Percival, who led an incredible life. Never giving up his fateful search for this city, despite the danger and warnings not to. Hunnam is an actor who's not head the best luck on the big-screen, but this is easily his best work since Sons of Anarchy ended, playing a tragic and determined character who loses a lot in order to discover something greater.

Charlie Hunnam and Tom Holland
Robert Pattinson is also pretty good. He's an actor it's easy to mock due to his role in the Twilight series, but much like Kirsten Stewart, he has more or less shedded that teen vampire nonsense and gives an almost unrecognizable turn here.

This is also a beautiful film and Gary directs the hell out of it. Giving us a gorgeous and timeless historical feel of the early 1900's. The set designs and costumes really are something to behold. As are the lavish jungles where the majority of the film takes place.

I wish I had more to say. The Lost City of Z truly is a hard film to take in. It might be a little too long and the pacing suffers at times, but for the most part, this is a gorgeous, classic and compelling adventure that I would recommend seeing on the biggest screen you can.

8/10 Dans

The Lost City of Z is out now in cinemas in the UK
Watch the trailer below:

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