The Lost City Movie Recommendation. Okay – so it wasn’t brilliant. But it was funny. I mean, what else do you need me to say about it? What else is there to say?
I gotta say though – that I hold a deep, deep, deeeeep, spot in my heart for those super cheesy, super stupid, Indiana Jones romance movies of the eighties. You know the kind – Romancing the Stone? Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, etc., etc. Jewel of the Nile, Allan Quartermaine and the Lost City of Gold, and King Solomon’s Mines. Hell, even Disney’s recent Jungle Cruise movie pulled deeply from this long standing tradition of film making. Lost cities. Treasure maps (National Treasure 1, and 2 – why isn’t 3 happening???) you know… Templar’s, libraries, vaults and the like. A well done romantic treasure movie – the best of which definitely was Romancing the Stone (Indiana Jones I feel is a different thing entirely… but what do I know?)
Wait… what am I even saying here? Oh, right… The Lost City. That’s right, I remember now. See? Even the name hearkens back to the old film making tropes. Where the Lost City excels is in the way it lampoons this citified romance novel writer, and her cover model Dash when they are unexpectedly drop into the island jungles. I mean, do you need more of a setup than that to give comedy writers their steam? I didn’t think so. Brad Pitt makes a hilarious “real life” counterpoint entrance to Dash’s fake sexiness… and the layers of laughter now are coming fast and furious.
But it isn’t perfect. The Lost City attempts to give depth to the Romance Author, and depth to the Romance Novel cover model, and it really seems superfluous. A dead husband, a yearning love, and all between two people that seem to have zero chemistry. Well, at least to me anyway. The movie is just a setup for jokes. Leaches, explosions, jungle animals, paper-thin bad guys, and impossible cities of gold. Or seashells. As the case maybe. But that’s all beside the point. The point is the weird awkward laughs, and the hilariously impossible position these people find themselves in.
Is this something that a THiNC’ing and discriminating viewer would enjoy? I don’t know… I don’t care. The laughs were good, and that’s all that mattered here. I will say this – that the leeches scene in the ads and the youtube trailer stuff… here, let me find it for you:
This cut scene view of this leeches scene is infinitely funnier than the actual scene. Even her monologues here are funnier. All of it, funnier in the non-movie cut. No idea why. Maybe it was just over hyped. But I watch that cut above, and it’s still funny this way. But with Channing’s ass staring at you… not as funny. Just saying.
Anyway – was it as good as Sandra Bullock’s movie Heat? No. No no no noooooo. But it made me laugh all the same. So, yeah – looking for a chuckle. Check it out on Redbox some day. I took my family to see it – don’t think it’s worth all that. But it was fun all the same.
Edited by: CY
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