Movie Review – The Lost City

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As RomComs go, this was one of the best. They nailed the comedy portion. Channing and Sandra are brilliant comedic actors and the dialog they had to work with was spot on. Major props to the screenwriters Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee. It felt as though the script was written to each of the actor’s strengths.

In my experience, RomComs rarely get the romance portion right. At least very few of them are really believable. It’s often too contrived or forced to feel right. But again here, the screenwriters nailed it. The character motivation and development were completely believable.

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As chance would have it, my wife and I rewatched Romancing The Stone recently. Truthfully, it was a rewatch for me, but my wife had never seen it. I’m really glad we did because there are patently obvious parallels between Romancing The Stone and The Lost CityThe Lost City isn’t at all a rehash of Romancing The Stone, but there are numerous scenes that pay homage to the classic. Besides the obvious romance novelist in distress and treasure hunting, there are numerous other parallels that I will leave it to you to spot. I’d highly recommend rewatching RTS again before going to see The Lost City so you’ll have a refresher. I think it will make it more enjoyable.

One thing that could have really made this movie a total hoot would have been to cast Kathleen Turner as Loretta’s publisher. I wonder if that was ever a consideration. They could have even brought in Michael Douglas for a cameo as the airplane pilot which would have been priceless. As it was, it was nice to see Oscar Nuñez get a callback with his small role as the pilot. If you remember, he was the jack-of-all-trades in The Proposal.

I think The Lost City will age nicely. It feels like a movie that will be fun to rewatch every now and then as the years go by just for the humor. Hopefully, there will be many sequels to come.

Grade: B+

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There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Lost City.

Rated: (PG-13) Suggestive Material | Language | Some Bloody Images | Partial Nudity | Violence
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum
Director: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee
Writer(s): Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee
Language: English
Country: United States

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.

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  • Bob Trezise

    I found it to be maybe I was in a bad mood. You’d think in all those years Alan would have let his hair grow long. The SPEEDY translations wo/notes of any kind. These days I’m bugged by lazy writing.

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    Hi Bob. I think you edited out an adjective in your comment: I found it to be …. Maybe I was in a bad mood.

    Who’s Alan?

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    I was thinking like it seemed like Romancing the Stone, and wondering just how close it was.

    I hope I get to see this — looks so cute! So, which is better? Lost City or Romancing the Stone?

  • Dan Gardner Administrator

    It is very much like *Romancing the Stone*. I would say *Lost City* is a little better, but maybe not as iconic.

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