Let me start by saying, I love maps and I love the legends of El Dorado, so Lost City of Z set me up really well to like it. But this movie rarely touches on map-making or finding a golden city. Rather, it deals more with the challenges of finding such a city (which is cool in theory). When Perry Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam) finds a few clay pots, he's convinced he's on to something. Honestly, I think he just found clay pots - the film doesn't even let us see a close-up of the pots and pans - no gold, no silver, no insane archeological discovery. But these clay pots drive our main character crazy to find the city where they came from. Lost City of Z desperately needed a montage. We kept reliving the adventure over and over again (just different years), coming to the same spot in the river only to be shot at by the same Natives again. Am I inspired by Perry Fawcett's true-story desire to find this city? Sort of. But ironically the movie mentions Hiram Bingham who found Machu Picchu in 1911, and I was like, wait a minute, why aren't we watching that movie? That's sick! Instead we're watching a guy who finds clay pots, which causes incredible tension in his personal life, yet it's his unwavering belief that we're supposed to resonate with. And if you argue that it's because of Perry Fawcett that the British came to believe Natives to be equal with white people, then that theme is barely touched and not clearly shown that his efforts led to a change of heart among the British. So much potential wasted in this film.
Lost City of Z
Lost City of Z
An aimless adventure
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
DVD or Streaming >27in
The acting was good in this movie. Nothing incredibly noteworthy. Charlie Hunnam has potential to be a really great actor, but I can't tell in this film if he's playing himself or overly trying to be Percy Fawcett. Robert Pattinson does well in this film as does Angus Macfadyen (who is always awesome).
Charlie plays a character who is constantly leaving home in search of his beloved, lost city. His wife, God bless her, shows little to no rejection to his leaving and we see what I would describe as very limited consquence for his decision to leave on this "adventure". There's nothing bad about this film from a morality standpoint, it's just strange. A caution to younger viewers, there is limited but intense violence.
Nothing memorable. Honestly, I'm sure it was fine, but I was too distracted by the story falling apart.
This story started off really well. It was a good set up for an amazing adventure, and it actually kept me guessing. And then, let's just say, it was totally pointless. We never saw the character truly develop, we just saw him strive aimlessly.
The film looked good - I didn't love the coloring in the beginning, but the scenes felt real and the costume and makeup also felt legit to the time period.
So this movie is based on a true story, yet it doesn't say that at the beginning, it just implies it from giving you an exact date and place. Then, at the end, it gives you the "rest of the story" of Perry Fawcett, as if we were following his life verbatum throughout the film. I was so frustrated with how the film seemed to take incredible creative license and yet didn't do anything.