The Lost City of Z review by Bobby Blakey
I love films that focus on real life unknown events. The latest bringing a tale like this to life is The Lost Coty of Z starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Tom Holland, and Sienna Miller, but does it bring the adventure it brings to life or will it be an exploration not worth discovering.
The Lost City of Z follows the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. This is one of those films filled with great performances and a story that works way better in idea than in execution. As good as the movie is it suffers a bit from just being so slow paced and feels like it just repeats itself over and over. I understand that this is the story of his life, but it just needed something more to help it stand out.
I love Charlie Hunnam and this is easily his best performance to date and he carries the movie really well. He brings all the raw emotion and passion needed to bring the role to life. Pattison is good here as well giving a deeper more subtle approach to the role more so than anything he had done previously. Holland might be a big name now with Spideer-Man, but he has a pretty small role here and while fine is actually barely in the movie enough to really make a difference. That being said he still brings his own depth to this role and stands out when on screen. The real issue with the film is just the pacing and the overall tone. I was just never fully invested after about halfway through for no other reason as it just didn’t feel like much was happening.
In the end this is a movie that will likely resonate for some, but for my just failed to really connect. I loved the idea of the story and maybe I expected more of an adventure film, but it is more of a drama and failed to give me what I wanted. It is far from a bad movie, but when it was over I found the actual information that is updated at the end than the entire film before it. If you like anyone in the film then give it a try and decide for yourself.