When did Hollywood determine that each one globe-trotting adventures should be extraordinarily silly?
In the Eighties, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Romancing the Stone” weren’t rooster soup for the moron’s soul. Neither was the far more latest “National Treasure,” starring Nicolas Cage.
However, the dumb new film “The Lost City” joins “Uncharted,” “Jungle Cruise” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” within the discouraging pattern of demeaning a once-great style with nauseating humor, no thrills or grandeur and an over-reliance on star energy.
The wasted celeb right here is Sandra Bullock, who performs a widowed romance novelist not in contrast to her abrasive, pseudo-feminist character from “Miss Congeniality.” Named Loretta Sage, she doesn’t concern herself with males anymore, needs to remain out of the highlight and would fairly be ingesting chardonnay within the tub.
Too unhealthy then that she’s compelled to tour along with her dim-witted Fabio-like cowl mannequin Alan (Channing Tatum) who rips off his shirt onstage to thrill the women.
After one e-book tour speak, she’s kidnapped by billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) and the film goes crazy. The smarmy gent realizes that her books’ setting, the tropical Lost City of D, is actual and holds a hidden treasure. He wants her — and chloroform — to assist him discover the loot.
Directors Aaron and Adam Nee’s film sits frustratingly for two hours on the tarmac of comedy as we the offended passengers await takeoff. Precious few jokes land, and the unintentional safari scenes, with Bullock peeling leeches off Tatum’s butt or briefly working via the timber with a cameo-ing Brad Pitt, are annoying and apparent.
The funniest individuals within the film don’t have anything to do with Loretta and Alan’s island antics. Da’Vine Joy Randolph performs Beth, an exhausted, can’t-take-it-anymore literary agent, and Patti Harrison is the growing old social media intern Allison. Their fashionable humorousness goes down approach simpler than Bullock and Tatum retreading 1998’s depressing “Six Days Seven Nights” with whiny Anne Heche and Harrison Ford.
Tatum, who’s most charming when it looks like he’s improvising, has the duo’s greatest line when he calls pro-women Loretta “Gloria Seinfeld.”
Bullock begins as petulant after which turns emotional, a well-known character arc that she is aware of in addition to her Social Security quantity.
But it’s Radcliffe’s half that exemplifies the various weaknesses of “Lost City.” At no fault of the actor’s, his Abigail isn’t realistically evil sufficient or outlandish sufficient (a la Will Ferrell’s Mugatu in “Zoolander”) to latch onto — simply because the film itself uncomfortably blends motion and comedy into beige mush.
As skeptical as I’m a few 79-year-old Harrison Ford returning as Indiana Jones, he is perhaps this limping style’s final hope.