Paramount Canada brings home The Lost City on 4K today, the Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum adventure comedy ventures over some familiar ground, but the chemistry and casting carry it through to make it an enjoyable romp.
Commenting on fame, reading, what defines masculinity, and romantic expectations the film follows Loretta (Bullock) a romance adventure writer as she faces the fact that she may not want to write her famed series of novels anymore. This may mean that her renowned cover model, a Fabio-esque Alan, may be out of work.
As she prepares to step away from the franchise, she is approached by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), a very rich man who is hunting for a legendary headdress in a recently discovered lost city. A lost city that Loretta and her late husband, who was an archaeologist, had been searching for.
Fairfax abducts Loretta, and Alan, who seems a little hapless, sets out to rescue her with the help of a trained mercenary played by Brad Pitt – who proceeds to steal every scene he’s in.
Pitt and Radcliffe are playing into the hilt. Pitt has a hair toss moment in the middle of an action sequence that is tonally perfect, and Radcliffe seems absolutely delighted to be playing a villain in this kind of film.
What follows is a fast-paced tale that partly channels Romancing the Stone and Indiana Jones, and features some great chemistry between all the characters, and some truly laugh-out-loud banter mixed with some hilariously over-the-top action beats.
It’s funny, enjoyable, and a perfect little popcorn movie for date night.
The 4K image is crystal clear, the sound fantastic, and it even comes loaded with some very fun extras. I’ve always been a sucker for a blooper reel, and the deleted scenes give us a look at what was left on the cutting room floor.
There are also featurettes on the palpable chemistry between Bullock and Tatum, a look at the locations used in the Dominican Republic, how the set pieces in the jungle came together, a look at Loretta’s sequined jumpsuit, a breakdown of the charcuterie scene, a look at the baddies, and a behind the scenes glimpse of the making of the film.
The Lost City is just good fun. Not all of it works all the time, but more often than not the chemistry between the leads, Radcliffe’s villain, and the gorgeous locations will let you roll over the things that may not work for you.
This is one to curl up with, pop some corn, grab a bottle of red (or rose, no Chardonnay on ice please) and settle in and enjoy this delightful adventure. The Lost City is available today on blu-ray and 4K from Paramount Pictures.