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The Lost City finally fills in the very specific movie gap that The Mummy left behind

This review was taken from the SXSW 2022 media show, where Polygon sent editors to review the next wave of future releases.

The adventure romance genre has stood the test of time and with good reason. At its best, it offers exotic, unpopulated places that don’t often appear in movies. A lovely couple with good chemistry; And a captivating adventure full of danger, romance and overall a strong sense of humor. after 1951 African Queen Bringing the greatest stars of their time and the stars of the 1984s together, they set the standard for romantic adventures. romanticize the stone Many filmmakers have attempted to imitate the formula, turning the same concept into something to please the crowd. But they found it surprisingly difficult to do well.

during the plot of lost city make it particularly similar romanticize the stoneIn fact, it is the most successful as a successor. MummyA film that found comedy in the adventure romance genre and inspired many of its contenders that it lacked. lost city It doesn’t have the most interesting or novel storyline, and it doesn’t advance the action movie. However, the film features two of the biggest movie stars at the moment when they reach the culmination of their romance comedy game, a mix of adventure and love. Brothers Aaron Nee and Adam Nee (filmmakers)last romantic, bunch of thieves) naturally reminds viewers that Channing Tatum is a good guy and Sandra Bullock is the longtime romantic-comedy queen, while avoiding many of the stereotypes these films usually fall into.

Photo: Kimberly French/Paramount Pictures

Bullock plays Loretta Sage, a former archaeologist who discovers that people aren’t very interested in books about lost civilizations, but will read romance novels about hot adventures traveling far away. She poured her knowledge into writing this novel, but after years of filling the book with the same two-page jokes comparing the lava flowing in a volcano to the various liquids flowing in the fictional hero’s “volcano”, she became obsolete. She became bitter and unhappy. Her cute but goofy cover model Alan (Tatum) seems to consider herself the Fabio-inspired star in her book.

Loretta, who became a serial bestseller, doesn’t want anything but stop writing novels, even if it means ruining her new book journey before it begins. She doesn’t really mind derailing because it seems like everyone’s not hearing about the book and is here to see the shirtless Alan. However, Loretta is kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) and she cannot give up her career easily. Her wealthy man wants to let her know that her “Abigail” is her gender-neutral name and that her town is being forgotten. Loretta’s new book is real and it hides a great treasure. He wants her to translate her ancient writings and help secure her treasure before a volcanic eruption burrows everything. It would be great if he could use this discovery to finally attack his most successful brothers and sisters.

Yes, history is a repetition that cannot be hidden. romanticize the stone, a novelist who gets caught up in a treasure hunt in the Latin American jungle. But the cast lost city come out. Bullock Channel Miss Social Comedy chop for a slapstick show that shows that she’s not afraid to look stupid. Tatum shows why he’s one of the best movie stars of the century. He excels at using his looks and charisma in comedy. It’s worth watching the movie to know that he’s not her action hero as Loretta does when Loretta throws her gun at him and he avoids her body instead of grabbing her.

Channing Tatum, in a white ruffled shirt, stands with a white horse on the beach in Lost City and points into the distance.

Photo: Kimberly French/Paramount Pictures

And there are supporting actors who steal the stage, including Brad Pitt, who is cool and free-spirited. Once upon a time in Hollywood Play a real action-adventure hero with magical hair. And of course, a good adventure movie needs a good villain, and Radcliffe returns to the blockbuster movie with a performance that looks like he’s had an adderall crash in the bathroom before. all scenes.

The Nee brothers and their writer partners Oren Uziel (rebooting Mortal Kombat in 2021) and Dana Fox (authors) It is horrible) value the laughter of the movie more than a great stunt. Get hints from Mummy, they clearly decided a winning combination of big, dumb action heroes who seem to be hitting cool guys like idiots falling off a motorcycle. And putting him next to a capable, intelligent woman who doesn’t need to save can create a delightful chemistry. It hasn’t been since Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz made a film with such heart-warming chemistry. lost city Bullock and Tatum find themselves in awkward but fun situations, such as having to remove leeches from their hips.

like a treasure hunt adventure movie jungle cruisenational treasure, or last unexplored, lost city It meets the general notes of solving standard puzzles, codex, crawling through very narrow cavernous holes, etc. But fortunately, the creators aren’t trying to incorporate sophisticated mechanisms that weren’t discovered hundreds of years ago: unexplored is. they don’t go Indiana Jones Road with some truly magical artifacts.

Daniel Radcliffe in a white suit is standing at a desk in a tent in the Lost City with a cup of tea.

Photo: Kimberly French/Paramount Pictures

Instead, they devise a clever, well-founded roadmap of a putative treasure veiled by unsuspecting whites awaiting a gigantic El Dorado mystery at the end of their journey. The biggest problem with these adventure films is that they focus on stereotyping and exoticizing other cultures until they can’t recognize them. lost city Avoid trouble by ignoring most of the legends surrounding the treasure, making comedic jokes about the treasure, and treating the locals with care. When Loretta and Allen arrived in the small town, there were no special local parties with unusual traditions and no great hospitality for white foreigners. It was just a plaza where people gather on a Saturday night.

However, he lags somewhat behind in the plot as the filmmakers attempt to ease the use of Latin American islands as an exotic backdrop by making one of his henchmen locals associated with culture and treasure. And lost city It contains unfortunate stereotypes. A Latino love character obsessed with sex playing for laughs without adding anything to the story.

Team behind this way and others lost city Rather than attempting to recreate the wheel of adventure romance, it rather updates and revitalizes theatrical romantic comedies and big ensemble comedies, as well as sub-genres that have been pushed back to the movies. lost city You can step into the void and enjoy the movie the way you like it. Mummy It’s rare, but not quite as eye-catching or memorable as it’s ushering in a new era of treasure hunting. Still, the chemistry between Bullock and Tatum is a reminder of why these types of movies took up so much space in theaters. This is a kind of old-fashioned comedy that seems designed to ask one question. Do viewers still have preparations and expectations for other moms?

lost city Theatrical release on March 24.


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The Lost City finally fills in the very specific movie gap that The Mummy left behind

This review is from the SXSW 2022 media expo, where Polygon sent editors to review the next wave of upcoming releases.
The adventure-romance genre has stood the test of time for a reason. At its best, it offers exotic, remote locations that don’t often appear in movies; a beautiful couple with good chemistry; and a gripping adventure with danger, romance, and generally a strong sense of humor. After 1951 The African Queen set the standard for romantic adventures by bringing together the biggest stars of its era on a high-stakes trip, and 1984’s Romanticize the stone turned the same concept into a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, many filmmakers have tried to replicate the formula. But they found it surprisingly difficult to do well.
While the plot of The lost city makes it particularly similar to Romanticize the stoneit’s actually the most successful as a successor to The Mummya film that found comedy in the adventure-romance genre and inspired many competitors who fell short. The lost city doesn’t have the most exciting or novel plot, and it doesn’t advance action cinema. But it features two of the biggest movie stars of the moment coming to the top of their rom-com game, blending adventure and love. Filmmaker brothers Aaron Nee and Adam Nee (The Last Romantic, gang of thieves) avoid many of the stereotypes these films normally fall into, and along the way remind viewers that Channing Tatum is a perfect himbo and Sandra Bullock is a longtime romantic comedy queen.

Photo: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures
Bullock stars as Loretta Sage, a former archaeologist who’s discovered that people aren’t really interested in books about lost civilizations, but they’ll definitely read a romance novel about a hot adventurer who travels to distant places. She channeled her knowledge into writing these novels, but after years of filling books with the same double-sided jokes comparing lava flowing on a volcano to different fluids flowing on her fictional hero’s “volcano”, she became bitter and dissatisfied – mostly because of her sweet but silly cover model Alan (Tatum), who seems to think he really is the Fabio-inspired star of her books.
After a string of bestsellers, Loretta wants nothing more than to stop writing novels, even if it means ruining her new book tour before it begins. She doesn’t much care to derail it, since everyone seems to be there just to see Alan shirtless, not to hear about a book. But Loretta can’t give up on her career so easily, as she gets kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), a wealthy man who really wants her to know both that “Abigail” is a gender-neutral name and that the city lost of Loretta’s new book is real and that it hides an immense treasure. He wants her to translate ancient writings and help him secure the treasure before a volcanic eruption buries it all. If he can use the discovery to finally get one on his most successful sibling, great.
Yes, history is a not-so-hidden repeat of Romanticize the stone, with a novelist drawn into a treasure hunt in the Latin American jungle. But the cast does The lost city come out. Bullock channels her Miss Conviviality comedic chops for a slapstick performance that shows she’s not afraid to look silly. Tatum shows why he’s one of the biggest movie stars of this decade: he excels at harnessing his good looks and charisma for comedy. It’s worth watching the movie just to see it completely fail to be an action hero, like when Loretta throws a gun at him and he ducks down instead of catching it.

Photo: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures
Then there’s the supporting cast stealing the stage, including Brad Pitt channeling his cool, carefree persona of Once upon a time in Hollywood to play a real action-adventure hero with magic hair. And of course, a good adventure film needs a good villain, and Radcliffe makes a welcome return to blockbusters with a performance that makes it look like he did an Adderall bump in the bathroom before. each scene.
There’s no doubt that the Nee brothers and their screenwriting partners Oren Uziel (from the 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot) and Dana Fox (a writer on Cruel) consider the film’s laughs more important than its great stunts. Take some cues from The Mummy, they’ve clearly decided they have a winning combination in a big dumb action hero who looks as cool beating a bad guy as he does falling off a motorcycle like a doofus. And placing him next to a capable, intelligent woman who doesn’t really need rescuing can create bubbly chemistry. Not since Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have a movie like this oozing so much steamy chemistry. The lost city gets a lot of mileage by putting Bullock and Tatum in awkward but fun situations, like when she has to remove leeches from her butt.
Like a treasure hunt adventure movie, like Jungle Cruisenational treasure, or the recent Unexplored, The lost city hits the usual notes: your standard puzzle solving, codexes, crawling through very narrow cave openings, and so on. But luckily, the creators aren’t trying to cram in elaborate mechanisms that are hundreds of years old but have never been found before, like Unexplored Is. Nor do they go Indiana Jones Road, with artifacts that are actually magical.

Photo: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures
Instead, they come up with a clever, grounded roadmap to a supposed treasure that’s just being overblown by unsuspecting white people expecting a big El Dorado secret at the end of the journey. A big problem with adventure movies like this is that they focus on stereotyping and exoticizing other cultures until they’re unrecognizable. The lost city dodges the issue by mostly ignoring the lore around the treasure in favor of comedic hijinks between its tracks, and treating the locals with care. When Loretta and Alan arrive in a small town, there is no special local party with unusual traditions, no big welcome for white foreigners – just a public square where people meet on Saturday nights.
But as the filmmakers try to tone down their use of a Latin American island as an exotic setting by having one of the henchmen be a local with a connection to culture and treasure, he’s something little left behind by the plot. And The lost city includes an unfortunate stereotype: a sex-crazed Latin love character, who played for laughs without adding anything to the story.
In this way and others, the team behind The lost city does not attempt to reinvent the wheel on the adventure-romance trope, but rather updates and lightly revives a subgenre that has faded into the background of cinema, as well as theatrical romantic comedies and large ensemble comedies. The lost city is capable enough to step into the void and enjoy the way movies like The Mummy have become less common, but it’s not so striking or memorable that it’s likely to usher in a new era of treasure-hunting capers. Still, Bullock and Tatum’s chemistry is a reminder of why this type of film took up so much space in theaters. It’s a kind of old-school comedy, seemingly designed to ask a single question: are viewers ready and excited for another mom already?
The lost city hits theaters on March 24.

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The Lost City finally fills in the very specific movie gap that The Mummy left behind

This review is from the SXSW 2022 media expo, where Polygon sent editors to review the next wave of upcoming releases.
The adventure-romance genre has stood the test of time for a reason. At its best, it offers exotic, remote locations that don’t often appear in movies; a beautiful couple with good chemistry; and a gripping adventure with danger, romance, and generally a strong sense of humor. After 1951 The African Queen set the standard for romantic adventures by bringing together the biggest stars of its era on a high-stakes trip, and 1984’s Romanticize the stone turned the same concept into a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, many filmmakers have tried to replicate the formula. But they found it surprisingly difficult to do well.
While the plot of The lost city makes it particularly similar to Romanticize the stoneit’s actually the most successful as a successor to The Mummya film that found comedy in the adventure-romance genre and inspired many competitors who fell short. The lost city doesn’t have the most exciting or novel plot, and it doesn’t advance action cinema. But it features two of the biggest movie stars of the moment coming to the top of their rom-com game, blending adventure and love. Filmmaker brothers Aaron Nee and Adam Nee (The Last Romantic, gang of thieves) avoid many of the stereotypes these films normally fall into, and along the way remind viewers that Channing Tatum is a perfect himbo and Sandra Bullock is a longtime romantic comedy queen.

Photo: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures
Bullock stars as Loretta Sage, a former archaeologist who’s discovered that people aren’t really interested in books about lost civilizations, but they’ll definitely read a romance novel about a hot adventurer who travels to distant places. She channeled her knowledge into writing these novels, but after years of filling books with the same double-sided jokes comparing lava flowing on a volcano to different fluids flowing on her fictional hero’s “volcano”, she became bitter and dissatisfied – mostly because of her sweet but silly cover model Alan (Tatum), who seems to think he really is the Fabio-inspired star of her books.
After a string of bestsellers, Loretta wants nothing more than to stop writing novels, even if it means ruining her new book tour before it begins. She doesn’t much care to derail it, since everyone seems to be there just to see Alan shirtless, not to hear about a book. But Loretta can’t give up on her career so easily, as she gets kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), a wealthy man who really wants her to know both that “Abigail” is a gender-neutral name and that the city lost of Loretta’s new book is real and that it hides an immense treasure. He wants her to translate ancient writings and help him secure the treasure before a volcanic eruption buries it all. If he can use the discovery to finally get one on his most successful sibling, great.
Yes, history is a not-so-hidden repeat of Romanticize the stone, with a novelist drawn into a treasure hunt in the Latin American jungle. But the cast does The lost city come out. Bullock channels her Miss Conviviality comedic chops for a slapstick performance that shows she’s not afraid to look silly. Tatum shows why he’s one of the biggest movie stars of this decade: he excels at harnessing his good looks and charisma for comedy. It’s worth watching the movie just to see it completely fail to be an action hero, like when Loretta throws a gun at him and he ducks down instead of catching it.

Photo: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures
Then there’s the supporting cast stealing the stage, including Brad Pitt channeling his cool, carefree persona of Once upon a time in Hollywood to play a real action-adventure hero with magic hair. And of course, a good adventure film needs a good villain, and Radcliffe makes a welcome return to blockbusters with a performance that makes it look like he did an Adderall bump in the bathroom before. each scene.
There’s no doubt that the Nee brothers and their screenwriting partners Oren Uziel (from the 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot) and Dana Fox (a writer on Cruel) consider the film’s laughs more important than its great stunts. Take some cues from The Mummy, they’ve clearly decided they have a winning combination in a big dumb action hero who looks as cool beating a bad guy as he does falling off a motorcycle like a doofus. And placing him next to a capable, intelligent woman who doesn’t really need rescuing can create bubbly chemistry. Not since Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have a movie like this oozing so much steamy chemistry. The lost city gets a lot of mileage by putting Bullock and Tatum in awkward but fun situations, like when she has to remove leeches from her butt.
Like a treasure hunt adventure movie, like Jungle Cruisenational treasure, or the recent Unexplored, The lost city hits the usual notes: your standard puzzle solving, codexes, crawling through very narrow cave openings, and so on. But luckily, the creators aren’t trying to cram in elaborate mechanisms that are hundreds of years old but have never been found before, like Unexplored Is. Nor do they go Indiana Jones Road, with artifacts that are actually magical.

Photo: Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures
Instead, they come up with a clever, grounded roadmap to a supposed treasure that’s just being overblown by unsuspecting white people expecting a big El Dorado secret at the end of the journey. A big problem with adventure movies like this is that they focus on stereotyping and exoticizing other cultures until they’re unrecognizable. The lost city dodges the issue by mostly ignoring the lore around the treasure in favor of comedic hijinks between its tracks, and treating the locals with care. When Loretta and Alan arrive in a small town, there is no special local party with unusual traditions, no big welcome for white foreigners – just a public square where people meet on Saturday nights.
But as the filmmakers try to tone down their use of a Latin American island as an exotic setting by having one of the henchmen be a local with a connection to culture and treasure, he’s something little left behind by the plot. And The lost city includes an unfortunate stereotype: a sex-crazed Latin love character, who played for laughs without adding anything to the story.
In this way and others, the team behind The lost city does not attempt to reinvent the wheel on the adventure-romance trope, but rather updates and lightly revives a subgenre that has faded into the background of cinema, as well as theatrical romantic comedies and large ensemble comedies. The lost city is capable enough to step into the void and enjoy the way movies like The Mummy have become less common, but it’s not so striking or memorable that it’s likely to usher in a new era of treasure-hunting capers. Still, Bullock and Tatum’s chemistry is a reminder of why this type of film took up so much space in theaters. It’s a kind of old-school comedy, seemingly designed to ask a single question: are viewers ready and excited for another mom already?
The lost city hits theaters on March 24.

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