Gorgeous, haunting, epic in scope, authentic... there's much to praise about The Lost City of Z. For one, this is easily Charlie Hunnam's and Robert Pattinson's best work. They put in remarkable performances that do much to shed their image as mere pretty faces. And the direction is terrific, too, with the camera capturing the brilliant colors, scale, and natural power of the jungle. Our intrepid explorers are often mere figures in the vast landscape that surrounds them. Reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and The New World in many ways, the film nevertheless stands on its own two feet. I thought it was terrific.
Beautiful animation, terrific character designs, a gorgeous color palatte, great voiceover work, and at least one song that's an all-timer mark Pocahontas as one of Disney's last truly great hand-drawn films. It holds up very well, and in fact, has perhaps gotten even better over time in light of the proliferation of computer animation.
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…