Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Charlie Hunnam stars in The Lost City of Z

Path to Glory

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, "The Lost City of Z" tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) 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 (Sienna Miller) son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) - returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray's classic filmmaking style, "The Lost City of Z" is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

Percy goes from "You might be a bit too English for this jungle" to "England's bravest explorer" in Gray's brilliant (and revolutionary) The Lost City of Z, a dreamy spectacle about one man's search for "the ultimate piece of the human puzzle." Hunnam (a star is born) and vastly underrated Miller are nothing short of spectacular, as is Gray's direction and Darius Khondji's luscious cinematography. Special kudos to Gray for balancing Percy's adventures in the Amazon with their pivotal planning (and aftermath) back home in England. Easily one of this year's best movies, despite running about 20 minutes too long.

Grade: B+