The Lost City: A Generic Diamond in the Rough

Jack Rose, Cav-Culture Editor

The world is getting bored of connected universes. They’re getting tired of Marvel, sick of Harry Potter, mad at Star Wars, and confused at whatever Ghostbusters is trying to do. It hurts that 5 movies and a spin off show is now the norm for any new concept. That’s why it feels good to sit and watch a stand-alone story, and that’s why it felt good to watch The Lost City.

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The Lost City is a 2022 romantic comedy adventure movie starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.  The plot follows the pair as they attempt to escape a jungle while being hunted down by Daniel Radcliffe, a billionaire who kidnapped Bullock in an attempt to find an ancient treasure. Hijinks ensue, treasure is hunted, and dumb people survive the jungle.

Bullock plays Loretta Sage, a successful romance novelist that’s going through a slump after the loss of her husband. Bullock’s long history as a leading actress shines through once again, and her unfortunate situation leads to some fun comedic moments. She’s playing an iconic Bullock role of likeable struggling friend, she’s up front but she’s got her issues. Bullock’s range as an actress is amazing. She shines from Gravity to The Blind Side, but she always comes through in comedic roles.

Her partner in the leading pair is Alan Caprison, portrayed by Tatum. A dimwitted cover model, Alan heads into the jungle pursuing Loretta in an attempt to prove he’s more than just a pretty face. While Bullock’s humor works well, Tatum steals scene after scene with his unprepared-for-the-jungle-behavior. He’s also playing a tried and tested character, the “well meaning goofball,” a role Tatum fills well. His best moments are paired with Bullock as the two learn more about each other, while surviving the dangerous environment around them.

Daniel Radcliffe’s time in the movie is short. His portrayal as the villain Abigail Fairfax is harmed by the screenplay writer’s poor understanding of how to create an antagonist. His motivation is entirely forgettable, as his screen time is next to nothing and spent mostly waving a gun around. His most memorable moments are the frequent jokes about his feminine name. Simply put, Radcliffe is underused. He has full capacity to work well as an actor, but not when his only use is to force people to do things by gunpoint.

The movie has its share of action and adventure, although most of what is previewed in the trailers is what you get. Both Bullock and Tatum, while having aged fantastically, have both aged nonetheless. At 57 and 41 respectively neither is doing any Marvel level stunts, and being a comedy movie, action sequences are few and far between. While the given action is fun, don’t expect any surprises.

Despite its lack of over-the-top action, The Lost City works best when it’s trying to play into its romantic comedy aspects. The comedy is well timed and offers lots of out loud laughter moments. Jokes are often based on physical humor and easy to understand comedy which can be enjoyed by people of many ages. The romantic aspects, however, go to more mature places. While the movie keeps with its PG-13 rating, some scenes push very close to the edge. It’s definitely not the kind of movie you’d want to go see with your mother.

Overall, The Lost City is trying very hard to be a typical action-adventure movie. Many moments are reminiscent of classic adventure movies, and the movie as a whole feels a lot like Romancing the Stone. While the film doesn’t stand out as much as some classic adventure movies, it’s still incredibly fun and a worthwhile watch.