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the lost city

★★★

starring: sandra bullock, channing tatum, daniel radcliffe, and brad pitt

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Films like The Lost City seem a rarity these days. A couple of big stars off on a globe trotting rom-com romp? When was a film like that last up on the silver screen? While some of the beats are slightly off and it's a tale that you’ve seen in some form before, The Lost City is fun and breezy with enough adventure and the charisma of Bullock and Tatum to make it an entertaining ride. 

Reclusive author Loretta Sage writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan. While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city's lost treasure from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her.

We’ve kinda seen this story before. From Romancing the Stone to Disney’s Jungle Cruise, quests in jungly terrain with a touch of romance between the leads has been done before. But what makes this film unique and ultimately entertaining is found in the two leads, their chemistry, and relevant up to date humour.

Sandra Bullock, always game for pratfalls and more physical comedy is hilarious here, and her character's grief for her partner and the life that could have been is more than just given lip service. Tatum is equally hilarious as the stupid but beautiful model Alan with a lot of comedic mileage gained out of jokes about his luscious, flowing wig. 

While some of the beats are slightly off and it's a tale that you’ve seen in some form before, The Lost City is fun and breezy with enough adventure and the charisma of Bullock and Tatum to make it an entertaining ride.

★★★