Inspiring story about three African-American women should become required viewing for little girls in...
Epic drama satisfies in terms of acting and production quality, but its values may not connect with your own.
Is it worth $10? Yes
When I was ten years old, my father sat me down to watch “The Godfather” (1972). I didn’t understand most of it, but I was old enough to grasp dad’s intention in showing it to me, which was the emphasis on family. What I’ve discovered since then is that the importance of family is uniquely subjective, and therefore debatable.
Take Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) in “The Lost City of Z.” He’s “unfortunate in his choice of ancestors,” a British aristocrat tells us, yet Percy is steadfast in trying to resurrect his family’s besmirched name. It’s the early 1900s in Great Britain, and Percy’s goal of advancement through military ranks has been rebuffed. He soon finds another path to redemption with the Royal Geographic Society, but there’s a catch: He must be away for years as he creates maps in South America.
Hunnam is strong as Percy, a man with integrity who is brutally honest, except perhaps with himself. Miller tries to give Nina an inherent strength and understanding, and succeeds as much as the script allows Nina to have it. And Pattinson – much like Kristen Stewart – is nicely putting the “Twilight” films behind him in yet another challenging role.
Gray’s dialog (based on the book by David Grann) isn’t always strong, at times sinking to feebly foreboding statements such as Percy being told, “Ain’t nobody comes back from there – ever,” as he’s about to travel the river for the first time. The line would have merit if the dangers of the journey weren’t already well established – by the time it comes we don’t need a reminder.
But that’s a small gripe in an otherwise intriguing, epic-scale story (it covers about 20 years in total) with strong performances and quality costume and production designs. “The Lost City of Z” is a film you will admire, question and debate long after it’s over, and any movie that lingers with you like this has to be doing something right.
Did you know?
Tom Holland can next be seen in the title role in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” opening July 7, 2017.