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The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American action adventure biographical film written and directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book of the same name by David Grann.[2] It describes real events, about British explorer Percy Fawcett who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon and disappeared in 1925 along with his son on an expedition.[3] It stars Charlie Hunnam as Fawcett[4] along with Robert Pattinson as his fellow explorer Henry Costin and Sienna Miller as his wife Nina Fawcett.[5]

The film had its world premiere as closing night film on October 15, 2016, at the New York Film Festival.[6] The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 14, 2017, by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.

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I can completely understand why someone would love this and it's going to be a "best of the year" pick for so many cinephiles. It's a gorgeous movie on a technical level with some stunning cinematography and a few excellent sequences. Unfortunately I didn't find it compelling at all and the two-and-a-half hour runtime was excessive and made the film seem endless. There are no real dramatic missteps here but the story is very predictable and by-the-books in the way that it is told and I felt a lot of the dialogue felt very unnatural. Performances were decent - Charlie Hunnam was probably the best I've seen him and Sienna Miller was also strong. I think it's a film that is a bit easier to admire than love. B-/C+



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I am in the same boat as cory.

This is a gorgeous film to look at and the camerawork is impeccable. The movie checks all boxes in terms of story, narration, stakes, drama and execution, without many loose ends. But its really long and the repetitive structure makes it feel even longer. After the second trip I just couldn't wait for this to end and while I do love the ending it needed to sweep you away with either emotion or surprise after such an exhaustive experience. Few notable loose ends (I believe would have turned out good in the book) are the real world fame for the explorers and the outer-world belief in Z, the middle act story of Murray (played wonderfully by Angus MacFadyen), plus the respect/honor relationship of Percy with the Amazonian natives. The performances are decent overall but no one really stands out here other than Angus MacFadyen in a short role.

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I had not been aware of Percy Fawcett's story before seeing The Lost City Of Z and I expected it to be a long slow meditation à la Heart Of Darkness, so I was pleasantly surprised at just how gripping it turned out to be - the 141 minute running time flew by. I really liked Charlie Hunnam's performance in the lead role, though I found his blond hair made it difficult to convincingly portray his older appearance. The sound was often weak and inaudible, but otherwise the supporting cast and the superb art direction added to the feeling of period authenticity. I felt this one. *A-*


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Directed by James Grey, The Lost City of Z is a tremendous film and not only in the way it ravishes the senses. It satisfies on every narrative level—as a jungle-set adventure film, as an ode to curiosity and resilience, as a tragedy of obsession, as an indictment of colonial prejudices in early-20th-century Britain—but also complicates and transcends each, allowing the audience to briefly glimpse through a veil and touch a crystalline place cinema seldom goes (in this regard, I would compare it to Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and The Thin Red Line). It tells the story of Percy Fawcett, an English cartographer, explorer, and soldier who made three widely publicized trips to the Amazon in search of "Zed," an advanced city and civilization he believed existed in the jungle, untouched by white men. Its discovery, he insisted, would revolutionize academic and popular thought regarding the quote-unquote savage indigenous people of South America. He and his teenage son never returned from the third voyage, made after enduring the nightmarish trench warfare of the First World War, and their precise fate (captured by a hostile tribe? a conscious choice not to return to constrictive European society?) remains unknown despite several search parties and myriad theories. Grey's literate storytelling is, in a neat way, both highly romantic and frequently sober: he embraces the excitement and majesty of an explorer's step into the unknown while also recognizing the devastation of the daughter waving goodbye, never to see her father and elder brother again. The result is a potent blend of exhilaration and melancholy. Fawcett is portrayed by Charlie Hunnam, and the performance is intriguing in the way it is subdued: highly competent and fit without being heroic, decent without being lavishly virtuous, driven and possessed by an idea without Klaus Kinski-style theatricality. He provides the film with a calm and soulful center, and it is not hard to believe select people would follow him into immense peril.

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I also love how Grey revisits/revises the memorably bisected final shot of The Immigrant here. It gave me chills, honestly.

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I saw this for the second time last night. What a pure, glorious movie.

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