An old-fashioned tale of adventure and discovery is probably the last thing audiences will choose to see at the movies this weekend. Damn shame. “The Lost City of Z”, written and directed by James Gray (“Two Lovers”, “We Own The Night”) with a keen eye for detail, is an impressive piece of work, featuring a superior performance by Charlie Hunnam. Based on an incredible true story, we follow Col. Percy Fawcett over the course of 20 years, a British officer who was assigned to explore an unmapped region in Bolivia in the early 1900’s. Facing the terrible conditions of the Amazon with his loyal companion Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson, barely recognizable), Fawcett becomes convinced that a lost civilization is hidden somewhere deep in the forest. One of the best things I can say about this movie is that director James Gray chooses to tell his intriguing story in classical fashion. Having directed many good films over a decade ago, Gray has been laying low in recent years, but he does a fine job in bringing this real-life story to life. The scenes in the heart of the jungle are engaging and gorgeous to look at, thanks to Darius Khondji’s first rate cinematography. Despite a few bumps along the road, “Z” is the kind of escapism that Hollywood should give its audiences more often. I don’t know how modern audiences will react to it, but I found it refreshing and above all, entertaining.
Categories: 3/4, adventure, biopic, drama, The Twenty-First Century
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