THE LOST CITY
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Directors: Aaron Nee and Adam Nee
What its adventure elements lack in awe and adrenaline, The Lost City makes up for in pure charm. Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock’s terrific chemistry carry a mainstream studio comedy the likes of which just don’t really happen anymore (with a brief appearance from Brad Pitt absolutely stealing the show). Where the film falters, ultimately, is in not making Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) as fun a villain as Radcliffe clearly wants him to be, and some particular subplots feel woefully underdeveloped. That said, this is about as fun as it could have been, given what it had to work with.
The Lost City tries really hard to be charming, but it’s mostly just a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. Every trope, relationship, and plot point from every 90s/2000s rom-com you’ve ever seen is reused here. The film tries to coast on the starpower of Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Brad Pitt to keep you interested, but they aren’t enough. We’ve seen Bullock play the hard-shelled lead as much as we’ve seen Tatum play the more-than-meets-the-eye-candy. Pitt gives a little more intrigue (as does Daniel Radcliffe), but it doesn’t offset the predictable, forced comedy that only garners a chuckle or two.
Paramount has struck gold with this generation’s take on Romancing the Stone with the Sandra Bullock-led The Lost City. This film is as charming and adventurous as you’d hope, working perfectly as a hilarious popcorn flick. Have we seen films like this before? Of course! However, the effortless chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, who truly sparkle together, make the movie a cut above the rest. Give me more rom-coms with these two, Hollywood!