Outlook: Possibly a classic
Adapted from the non-fiction book of the same name, The Lost City of Z revolves around Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) and his obsession to find a lost civilisation shrouded within the Amazon.
The plot, set in 1920’s, interspersed with Fawcett’s family life and trauma from the First World War, is invocative of the beginning wave of criticism towards Colonialism, at least in the West. The scenes within the trailer, from the small piles of human skills alongside the rivershore, to the explorers fleeing from attacking tribes and their barrages of arrows, invokes the spirit of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
The cast is stellar for this film, sporting Tom Holland of Spider-Man fame, Sienna Miller, and Robert Pattinson. Pattinson is almost unrecognisable in the trailer when he quietly questions Col. Percival Fawcett. Having lost weight and gained a thick beard for the role, Pattinson appears like a gaunt shell of a man, struggling on the edge of survival. I have a lot of respect for Pattinson as an actor, his roles since Twilight have shown that he is more than a teenage heart-throb. I hope that this role grants him the recognition he deserves.
James Gray, who is probably known for his film The immigrant, has directed the film. Gray and the author of The Lost City of Z, David Grann, have co-written the screenplay.
The Lost City of Z reminds me of Jauja, an underrated film starring Viggo Mortensen as a Danish man in Patagonia in the late 1800’s. Both films deal with men in strange foreign lands, driven onwards by a compulsion to find answers.
Personally, from the trailer alone, I think The Lost City of Z may be a classic.
Please do watch Jauja. It is an extremely underappreciated film with an interesting plot and great performances.Every scene in Jauja has the rich beauty of a Monet painting, except with more clarity. Ironically, I watched Jauja, which roughly means ‘ never never land’ in a small independent cinema in France called El Dorado. I was still swept away by the film, even though it was in Spanish and Danish, with French subtitles.
I guess that many people end up chasing after lost places or lost people.
By Saul Shimmin
For the trailer for both The Lost City of Z and Jauja, see below:
The Lost City of Z trailer