LostCITY

Over the weekend, I stumbled across an advertisement for a new movie, The Lost City. The Lost City, from my initial look, appeared to be a cheesy, romantic comedy meant for older audiences. However, I am happy to report that I was very wrong.

The Lost City is a movie that features Sandra Bullock as a shut-in romance novelist and Channing Tatum as a boasting cover model for her books. Right off the bat, it spells out the formula for a cheesy romance movie where two completely different people with different personalities fall in love through a bizarre situation.

Technically, that is the plot of this movie, but the journey to that love is much crazier than something you would find on Lifetime. After the death of her husband, the main protagonist, Loretta Sage, begins to lose her will to continue writing or leave her home. This results in a rough book tour where she begins to clash with her cover model Alan.

Following rising tensions, Loretta tries to ditch the book tour, where she finds herself kidnapped by a rich maniac played by Daniel Radcliffe. Her husband had been an archeologist searching for a lost city before his passing, and now Loretta is their only hope in picking back up its trail. Alan is now Loretta's only hope as well as he witnessed her kidnapping and views her rescue as his golden opportunity to redeem and prove himself to her.

The movie was distributed by Paramount Pictures Studios and directed by brothers Aaron and Adam Nee. With a budget of $74 million, the film featured several interesting settings from the jungle, the beautiful waterfalls and mountains and, of course, as any movie involving lost cities must, temples and caves.

I believe that a large portion of this budget went to the surprisingly epic action scenes. As seen in the trailer, Brad Pitt is on the journey to rescue Loretta as well, and he has the moves to back him up. Throughout the movie, he performs action sequences that I would say even have some Marvel movies beat. The camera also does an excellent job throughout these fights of avoiding quick and easy jump cuts, so the fight felt real and fluid.

One thing I do believe that this movie failed at was its advertising. The commercials and trailers I witnessed did not sell me on the film. I went in expecting one or two good jokes but to be overall bored. I found myself laughing or impressed throughout the movie, as it did avoid many typical tropes of a romantic comedy. It wasn’t until after the show that I realized who the commercial targeted.

As the lights turned on, I looked around, and my friends and I were the only young group of people present. Everyone else in the theater was at a minimum sixty, and it was very evident throughout the movie. Several times after a good set-up joke, they would quickly switch back to the classic humor where characters outright say the joke. I noticed that my friends and I all laughed at far more different times than the majority of the theater.

I feel that it is impressive how they hit two different age groups' comedy with one movie but that they could benefit from having shown more of the younger generation's humor in the trailer. With the way they did the trailers, I could understandably see why many people my age or younger wouldn’t find much interest in the movie.

I won’t spoil the end of the movie, but I was let down by its predictability. After avoiding many of the usual tropes during the first half, I hoped for something new and unique. I will say, however, that it was a satisfying experience overall and that the end of the movie did provide a good resolution to the story and plots along the way. My only cons of the show would be the inconsistency of jokes, and that a few of the characters served no real purpose to the story other than just forgetting one or two quick laughs.

If you get lost this week on what to watch, make your way to the nearest theater and give The Lost City a shot. The movie has amazing action sequences, great performances from Bullock and Tatum and a few good laughs along the way.

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