The Lost City (2022): A Lost Opportunity

The Lost City (2022) promised to be a cool adventure, and make a memorable impact. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Unfortunately, the movie, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum...
The Lost City

The Lost City (2022) promised to be a cool adventure, and make a memorable impact. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Unfortunately, the movie, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum was quite a letdown. We’ll be giving our reasons why it was dissapointing . . .

 

Plot and Writing

The film started quite positively. However, it soon became clear that the there was very little real effort to make this more than just formulaic. All adventures need to be set up, and that did happen. But once the two central stars got to the action, things were generally dull. The hope was that there would be elements to it like there was in Jungle Cruise (2021), (check out our Jungle Cruise Review). There were some tired stereotypes (but nothing truly terrible), especially how women were dressed. That was quite jarring.

Stellar Cast

The Lost City (2022) had two of the best physical comedy actors alive today, in Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Unfortunately, the opportunity to make the most of that wasn’t realised. This was in no part a fault of the actors. The character writing was substandard. However, there were a couple of characters that were written well. And, they turned out to be the film’s saving grace . . .

Redeeming Features

As stated, the film wasn’t without any good parts. For example, the character played by Daniel Radcliffe, (Abigail Fairfax). It riffed on the “English baddie” trope. Furthermore, it was fun to see Daniel Radcliffe play the bad guy. It seemed against type, which perhaps isn’t entirely true. Radcliffe is a fine, versatile actor. Another fun part was the character that Brad Pitt played. It was just hammy enough, and well portrayed. They just about meant that it was watchable, and not a complete waste of time. But it was far from great.

 

Future

The Lost City (2022) actually performed quite well, commercially. Of course, that doesn’t everything. Also, the film wasn’t totally panned by critics, either. But again, perhaps expectations are low for many of them. What we saw was a sort of remake of Romancing The Stone, but without the magic of that film. Also, there was no focus on anythinng supernatural. If there was, we might have seen a star of a mii-franchise. Still, perhaps we’ll see a sequel. Clearly enough people went to see it, and it wouldn’t be hard to write another.

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