The Lost City of Z

ho00004222Based on a non-fiction novel by David Grann this tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett and his expeditions in the amazon. It spans a period of 20 years, following multiple expeditions and his growing obsession with the idea of a Lost City deep in the Amazon following a find of pottery deep in the jungle. Fawcett’s home life with his independent wife and 3 children is woven in underlining his obsession for exploration.

The film is a slow burn, old-fashioned affair, but one really worth the effort. There is so much worthy of mentioning in terms of its merits that it is hard to know where to begin. The cinematography and locations are exceptional, with the film being split between the Amazon Jungle and the upper-class clubs and societies of London. The relationships between characters are intriguing and many. Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) builds a brotherly relationship with his men Costin and Manley (Robert Pattinson and Edward Ashley), fences with the upper echelons of society, has a progressive relationship with his wife Nina (Sienna Miller) and a strained one with his eldest son Jack (played at his eldest by Tom Holland). Holding all of this nuance together is easily Charlie Hunnam’s best performance to date. He manages to convey a man obsessed and driven with his lost city whilst at the same time caring about his family’s place in society and his relationships with his men and family.

If you are looking for a complex tale of obsession, beautifully shot and acted, at a slower more old-fashioned pace, this is for you.

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One thought on “The Lost City of Z

  1. Firstly to answer our discussion – this was screened in the right ratio in a msall screen. I think what you experienced must be a local issue! As for the film, I found it difficult to get involved with the movie initially as it felt like a BBC costume drama (ie like watching paint dry). However as the story and the rivalries got more involved, so did I. The photography in the jungle scenes was, as you say,. amazing. Not sure also about Hunnam and Paterson, who was great, I did not recognise. The final excursion into the jungle confirmed to me that all explorers – certainly of that era – were arrogant.

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