I guess there’s a queue of Hollywood stars wanted to remake or rehash classic action tropes; after last year’s abysmal Red Notice, at least The Lost City manages to get the formula right, and the end result is exactly the kind of cheerfully disposable product that was probably intended. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum strike sparks, there’s a fun supporting cast, some gags and cameos, and a good time is on offer; what’s not to like?
Romance author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is bored by her work; she’s holding out for a hero, and needs a real man/real adventure, but what she’s got is lunkish model Alan Caprison (Tatum) who regularly appears on the front of her books as hero Dash McMahon. A PR stunt goes wrong, leading to Sage getting kidnapped by a shifty billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who thinks that she can unlock the secret of a scroll that promises the location of the Crown of Fire, a sacred treasure. Caprison resolves to man up and rescue Sage, and enlists the help of mercenary bad-ass Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt) to do so…
Ok, so Pitt isn’t star billed here, just an extended cameo, and he predictably doesn’t last too long in the main narrative, but he does an invaluable job of setting the right self-mocking tone for Adam Nee’s enjoyable bit of fluff. Pitt is a big star who can send up his image, and Trainer is a great piece of comic relief who lifts the whole picture, and even gets a mid-credits return. Things settle down to some predictable adventure beats as Bullock and Tatum navigate various small cars and big leeches, while welcome randos like SNL’s Bowen Yang and The Office’s Oscar Nunez pop up in minor roles.
The Lost City feels like a old-school Hollywood product, and that’s probably a plus when we’re trying to lure audiences back to the cinema; it’s silly, goofy, backwards looking and doesn’t even have much of a Lost City to behold. But it is personable, with Bullock and Tatum reprising some ancient routines to good effect. The Lost City is catnip to casual audiences; it’s not aiming to change the world, but instead to provide a passable evening of male-female quips, and whatever percentage of your brain your choose to engage, that’s exactly what it does…
The Lost City is out now on Paramount Plus in the US. In cinemas UK and elsewhere.
This is exactly what I hoped you would say about this film. Going to see Downton this Friday, then this one will be at the top of the queue….
Yup, I remember you saying that it was on your list. It’s a frothy, fun film that goes down easy; no waste of a ticket! Enjoy Downton!
I got around to this one….turns out I could stream it at home as part of my Paramount Plus subscription. This film was exactly what I thought and yet it left me a trifle cold. I think I just had some difficulty with Loretta and Alan as a couple. The movie was fun, but the chemistry just wasn’t quite there. I’ll give it a B+!
I guess if you’ve seen Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper in All About Steve, The Lost City is a comic revelation ie it’s not as awful. It’s a nice, servicable, derivative film, and I don’t begrudge it success. But I couldn’t get any higher than three out of five, it’s just a little too… bland?
Yes, bland seems right. I didn’t expect great cinema, but still…… something was just missing
Very glad you liked this as I want it for a Saturday night. Watched ‘Uncharted’ last night the Whalberg/Holland version of Lost Treasure/Islands/Arks/Worlds/Boys movies, that was pretty abysmal. Hoping for better things from Sandra, Chaning & Brad.
I think you’ll like this more than Uncharted. Bit more of a rom-com Romancng the Stone vibe. It’s fluff, but it’s decent fluff, and Pitt is a hoot.
Enjoyable fluff. a few plotholes and Radcliffe was awful but I could see a sequel: Found.
And it’s done well enough to warrant a sequel; it’ll crack $100 million in the US, which is great for an original IP. Radcliffe isn’t great here, but he’s not too annoying. Shame the city wasn’t up to much, but maybe they’ll find something better next time…
Should turn a good enough profit to make a sequel viable.
You didn’t say anything else about Radcliffe. Is he any good or was this one of his usual Post-Harry Potter roles that makes you wonder why he took it?
Apparently he’s a billionaire after playing Harry Potter. And shifty. What more do you want?
But that’s got nothing to do with this movie. Was he a badly acted bad guy or a well acted bad guy? The unwashed masses want to know!
It has literally everything to do with this movie. He’s a billionaire. He has a really comfy bed. But the unwashed masses have to wash before they can sleep in it.
Dix doesn’t mention a comfy bed in this review anywhere. I think you’re making things up…
He’s a reasonably well acted bad guy. fact!
Boba is your uncle.
That would explain the weapons cache I received for Christmas….
The flying homing bird-like missiles are pretty cool.
You tell him, Alex!
He’s fine as the usual Brit villian. Probably happy to be along for the ride in a big starry cast.
Alex brought this up, but want to verify. Does Radcliffe have a big comfy bed in the movie?
Super king-size. A veritable acreage of mattress.
Hey, no comments from the peanut gallery about mattresses. I’m asking The Authority here.
Ok, that was uncalled for. I shouldn’t have called you the peanut gallery. How about the walnut gallery?
My neighbours just gave me a bag of pistachios yesterday for helping move their patio furniture. So pistachio gallery?
BTW, I did NOT eat pistachios on their patio.
Is this a code for something? ‘By the time I finish with you, you’ll be eating pistachios off their patio’has a menacing ring to it.
I did eat pistachios in Humphrey Bogart’s bed. Room service might have some trouble with that.
Well, there were no shells when I slept there. Maybe he dropped them down the side. When were YOU in Bogart’s bed?
This is what you’re doing instead of helping shape global culture and attitudes? Moving patio furniture?
Just trying to make a difference in people’s lives, one deck chair and umbrella at a time.
Pics or it didn’t happen.
I shall now refer to you as the Pistachio Gallery. If you have one of those twirly mustaches, that would help too….
Are you referring to my moustachio? The one I have in pics of me eating pistachios on the patio?
You have patio pistachio in your moustachio, amigo!
Pix. Or it didn’t happen!
Alex is various kinds of nuts from my experience. haha!
Mixed, as it were?
I love it! And Cadbury’s fruit and nut bars are good stuff…
Is the correct answer.
Boba Fett is the correct answer, remember? But thankfully for you, Boba ALSO likes Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars. So you’re safe from all disintegrations today…
Nice try. Boba is seriously thinking if a cadbury is worth not disintegrating you today.
I only deal with Old Skool Boba. None of this silly Disney+ Boba Fett the pretty pansy boy….
Boba the exhausted retired weatherman who doesn’t do anything and rarely appears is what you get for your dime.
See, from the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy to a tired old bag of wrinkled jello.
THAT’S what Disney does to the franchises it owns…
He does not. Alex is referring to me sleeping in Humphrey Bogart’s bed, the internet was aflame with this last week…
Aflame? How can you sleep while your bed is burning?
How can we dance when the world is turning?
I hear Western Scotland lives and breathes in forty five degrees. Do you have A/C?
Alan Cumming? He’s from Carnoustie, but seems to live in the States…
Hah! I knew it…
Everyone is talking about it.
Hey, if Radcliffe is in a movie that isn’t terrible, everyone SHOULD be talking about it!
That is a good point, he’s been in some right guff and I’m sure was keen to keep himself in the public eye by appearing in a film that more than four people see.
I made the mistake of watching Guns Akimbo on prime. Why anybody besides a C-list actor would have chosen to be in that role is beyond me.
I skipped that one. Wish I’d skipped Horns too. Didn’t see Swiss Army Man either. That boy sure can pick a clinker.
He’s acting like a rebellious teenager. In his 20’s (or is he older now? I’ve lost track of those child stars who grow up)
He’s had well publicized problems, hope he can get himself back on track. Hard when you hit so much fame so young…
So we’re just remaking movies that have dropped into the memory hole? Is this not the sequel to The Lost City of Z?
Actually I’ve been watching a few movies this month. Just caught one of Glasgow’s finest actors this morning.
It is not, the original title was the Lost City of D…but it’s a lost city all of its own. Nearly 40 years since Romancing, so those who saw it on the big screen may no longer be the target audience…
Gerry was born in Paisley.
Bill Patterson. You ever meet for a drink? Go clubbing? I think I crashed at his place one day. Slept in his bed.
Yes, interviewed Bill. What was he in?
He plays Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard (1981). By Chekhov. Not the Star Trek Chekov but the other one. Guy who wrote short stories and plays. Russian.
Is is the sequel to Under the Cherry Moon?
No, but Tom Holland plays his son in Cherry.
In the Cherry Orchard in 1981? Did Chekhov write the role specifically for Tom Holland after seeing Uncle Vanya: No Way Home?
He originally wanted Tom to play a villain named the Green Seagull. But Marvel wasn’t buying it. They wanted him to play a hero.
Chechov was working on Three Sisters; Multiverse at the time, in which all his various characters team up to look offstage and talk about Moscow. Fact!
I heard about that. ScarJo and Florence Pugh were two of the sisters. Who was the third?
I thought that was you dressed as Queen Victoria.
I was playing Benedict Cumberbatch. Playing Queen Victoria.
At what, volleyball? Played Booky last night at virtual volleyball, crushed it! We won the juice!
Sounds like Romancing the Stone. Also sounds really uninteresting. Enjoying my movie-free May too much for this to lure me back.
It is like Romamncing the Stone. That was some time ago. Are you not even watching 3 minute silent versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?