Posted by: greercn | April 27, 2017

The Lost City of Z

Z, when there are several of them, means sleeping and you might find yourself snoozing at times during this much too long movie.

It’s all very beautiful and the images shimmer with light. But that’s not enough to keep your attention from wandering.

The story should have engaged my emotions more than it did. Real-life Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) becomes convinced that an advanced civilisation can be found in South America. Hunnam brings physical energy to the part and the movie starts well.

Sienna Miller plays the wife he leaves behind, for years at a time, in the early 20th century. We keep being told how strong she is. Most of the time, she just waits at home.

Occasionally, she gets a line or a part of a scene.

But this tale is all about the boys who were the early explorers. Robert Pattinson gets a few interesting moments but the whole show is stolen by veteran actor Franco Nero. I wish he had been on screen for longer.

Early exploration of the Amazon must have been a lot more compelling than it looks here.

Period detail is deftly done, but the slowness of the pace may dull your interest.

I’d actually like to see this on TV. I think it might be a much better movie, on a smaller screen.

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  1. Love your opening line: “Z, when there are several of them, means sleeping and you might find yourself snoozing at times during this much too long movie”. I agree entirely. At best, its a solid tale told poorly.

    • So true! Your review cited “thematic incoherence” as a key problem, here. That’s a great phrase and so true of this movie.


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