The Lost City of Z (2016) – Review

Culminating in a mysterious disappearance in 1925, this movie follows the true story of the British explorer, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who travelled deep into the Amazon and discovered apparent evidence of a previous civilisation, more advanced than some had originally thought. While being ridiculed by the British establishment back home, the determined explorer continues to return, in an attempt of proving his findings. An intriguing true story with a great cast, that was released in 2016 and is overlooked by some.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director: James Gray
Writers: James Gray, David Grann
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

I’m ashamed to admit that the story of Percy Fawcett was alien to me, prior to watching The Lost City of Z – a flick based on the true story of the British Geographer that disappeared, early in the 1900’s. With that being said, there were of course some moments injected into the film to dramatize certain aspects, which also made you question whether the majority of this tale was truth, or in fact, fiction, as at times, certain decisions made by certain characters were extremely frustrating and difficult to regard as realistic.

Something that stood out to me was the cinematography the filmmakers managed to pull off. A large majority of the movie was shot with a truly authentic and believable jungle feel, reminding me greatly of Gold (2016), another picture released in 2016, but one that that was filmed in the Indonesian jungle. The Lost City of Z, however, was captured on location in Magdalena, Colombia. Not only was the setting authentic and easy on the eye, but so were the costumes and dialogue on display by each of the characters.

With all of the positives this film managed to bring to the table, there were one or two qualms thrown into the mix too. One being the way in the which the filmmakers focused heavily on the drama and historical aspect behind the main characters, rather than potentially focusing on the information or theories of the land in which was being investigated by the explorers. A more thorough dive into the previous civilisation and the people that inhibited it, would have perhaps been more useful and entertaining rather than the character dive that occurred.

One of, if not the primary strength, however, would have to be the vast cast on display. Leading the movie was Charlie Hunnam, who adopted the role of Percy Fawcett, while Sienna Miller and Tom Holland starred as Nina and Jack, members of the Fawcett family. Robert Pattinson appeared too as Henry Costin, another explorer that featured heavily throughout the film.

All in all, with a runtime of one-hundred and forty-one minutes, The Lost City of Z didn’t overload the viewer with action and excitement, but it did provide an important and at times, emotional, tale of a determined explorer trying to prove his life’s work – well worth a watch.

“The river will be our home for the next two years. We shall not fail. Mankind awaits our discoveries.”

Percy Fawcett – The Lost City of Z

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s