Reviews Joyce Glasser The lost city (April 15, 2022) Certificate 15, 112 min.

The lost city is the kind of game guilty-pleasure, action-adventure-romcom, which is becoming a rare, if not completely endangered species. Focusing on the characters, minimizing the plot and violence and refusing to take yourself seriously, this is a pleasant party and a great movie for dating – for all ages.

To prepare the scene, imagine if Agatha Christie, who accompanied her erudite husband-archaeologist Max Malowen on several excavations, decided to switch from the mysteries of the murders to romance novels. Instead of a tough, starched, neurotic detective named Hercule Poirot, imagine that on the cover of her bestseller appeared a muscular young man with the wild blond hair of a caveman known as “Dash”.

Or maybe it’s easier to imagine a free adaptation of the 1984 adventure action romance Romance of the Stone, because, well, that’s what it is, and there’s no harm in that. У The lost city Sandra Bulak takes on the role of Kathleen Turner in the 1984 film. She plays the successful but lonely, bright writer Loretta Sage, who falls into one of her adventure threads and turns out to be quite agile away from the computer.

Both films have a single and successful but lone author, a kidnapping, a concerned female publisher / publicist and friend, a map that leads to antiquity, bad bad guys chasing a heroine in the jungle, and a romantic interest that joins the water. .

Romance with a stone was the only screenplay prepared by Malibu waitress Diana Thomas, 39, who died in a car crash in Tapanga Canyon a year after the film came out to critics and box office. Her heroine dreamed of meeting a man as exciting as the heroes of her novels, who have everything you need to save girls in need. In the jungle she finds a tough, arrogant, confident bird hunter (Michael Douglas) who suits everyone, even if today a bird hunter would be a bad guy.

Directed by Adam and Aaron Ni (The Last Romantic) co-authored with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox wrote a screenplay from the story of Seth Gordon, gave the film a more feminist twist, so that in this jungle we never know who is saving whom.

Despite the fact that publicist Loretta Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), who organized the expensive release of her new book “Lost City D”, Loretta, dressed in pink with sequins and high-heeled shoes, looks like she prefers to be somewhere else. Trying to sit on a stool without tearing her tight-fitting outfit, Loretta confronts her audience, announcing that the “D” in the title doesn’t mean Dash, the dashing hero of the story and the model’s nickname from the cover.

The scientific reason “D” has bored her audience and disappoints her. This blows off the cover model Alan Caprison, aka Dash McMahon (Channing Tatum), who, like Loretta readers, is looking for a novel in real life. Dash – this is the muscular piece with the mane of a caveman with blond hair, who breaks out on the podium, trying to impress him
apathetic creator.

Alan / Dash plays his wandering knight to perfection, so much so that he began to believe it. The truth is that he is prone to accidents, an urban boy, with allergies, fear of water, insecurity and vulnerability that attracts women more than macho antics, is revealed when Loretta is kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe).

And yes, Radcliffe’s first task is to explain the name, which would be better left on the floor of the shops. Fairfax is your typical villain: an obsessed billionaire and criminal who is convinced that Loretta’s knowledge of ancient writing will lead him to the lost treasure shown in one of her books – near the place he is already excavating.

That Alan is in love with Loretta from the podium is evident from his reaction to her abduction. If Beth can’t convince law enforcement urgently or kidnapping, Alan urges Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt) to teach him how to do his job, and yes, there’s a joke about the coach-coach. Two great moments of the film are when both Alan and later Loretta meet Jack, who is straight from the central casting. Their reaction and Pete’s straight face could be bottled and sold. Pete’s small supporting role is a skill, but also a challenge, as Channing has big shoes to fill.

Fortunately, the chemistry between Channing (Fox Catcher, Magic Mike, Jump Street) and Bulak (Gravity, The Blind Side, Suggestion) and their relevant comedic skills are enough to compensate for Pete’s brevity, shaky plot, and obscene roles of Beth and Radcliffe (which could also be wrong). Both Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Radcliffe are struggling to instill humor in the stamped characters, which lack the original touches or beautiful lines.

Fairfax never poses a real threat, but his henchmen chase Alan and Loretta through the jungle with enough threat to make our couple with chalk and cheese understand that they need each other. In one erotically saturated comic scene, she chooses to leach from the bottom of Alan, and her reaction changes the game when she, without thinking, asks him to turn around to see if there are any on his front. Alan is paying for the service with his clever idea to cut off pieces of Loretta’s flashy dress to use them as bait.

Which is interesting The lost city Bulak, whose amazing body is just as important to the film as Tatum, is a 57-year-old widow, and age is never an issue in this novel with a man in his 40s. When Michael Douglas was in Romance with a stonehe was 40 and Kathleen Turner was 30. Maybe even Ballack wouldn’t have been cast for the role today, but the film’s executive producer Bulak is pushing some boundaries in the right direction.

Sandra Bullock is pushing boundaries, casting herself opposite Channing Tatum in this flimsy but fun romp.

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