Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland
Director: James Gray
Based on a true story, Lost City Of Z is the story of an explorer convinced that he knows how to find the city he calls Z, located deep in the Amazon, which is an El Dorado, a city of gold and riches. Percival Fawcett (Hunnam) is joined by Henry Costin (Pattinson) on his adventures, which meet with sneers and derision. The lost city is his obsession, and it’s all all costs that he must find it, at least in his own mind, at the expense of his wife (Miller) and sons, who must either learn to live without a father or go with him on his adventures when they’re grown.
I normally like a historical jungle expedition, with pith helmets and determined mad man bent on treasure and fame. And with the director of 12 Years A Slave at the helm, you expect some historical accuracy, tragedy and a great story. But for some reason it just doesn’t gel. The story isn’t really the descent into the jungle you’d expect, it’s a long lead in with Fawcett’s backstory and how he comes to hear about the whole city of Z thing, and then it goes into his marriage problems and his need for finance before he gets going. It is all interesting, and quite beautiful too, though I for one am bored of historical figures saying racist things. Like, yes, we know they were racist back then. Or sexist. Or whatever. We get it. They sucked, we’re enlightened. Most of the time. ha ha… You see the problem don’t you? It’s a film about trying to find a fabled city but most of the film is about other things.
The performances are quite good, Miller is once again sidelined as someone’s wife, but they all put in a good turn, and the locations are quite stunning. I’d say this one isn’t for everyone, but there is always something nice about a true story.
See It If: one for the history buffs really, since it’s all historical accuracy and not adventure and jungle. But it’s an interesting piece of history.