Reviews: The Lost City Of Z

The Lost Art of Filmmaking

An absolute masterpiece of filmmaking in every regard. Imagine a three way mashup of Indiana Jones, Apocalypse Now and The New World but with an identity all its own thanks to its haunting visual style and intense character focus. The scale is as big as you can get with a movie like this, spanning across not just continents but decades as well as we follow Percy Fawcett's obsession with finding this "Lost City of Zed" as it is so frequently described as here. Charlie Hunnham is an actor I think gets too much crap from people and this is the film you show to others to prove that yes, that he can act and then some. The rest of the cast - Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Ian Mc Diarmid, Tom Holland, among others - hold their ground just as well. I was also surprised that despite its PG-13 rating, it's not afraid to get graphic as hell when it needs to be: There's impalings galore, cannibalism, man eating piranhas and the WWI sequence, which had one moment that gave me probably one of the biggest "OH SHIT" moments I'll see all year.

I can't recommend this film enough. It's easily one of the very best of 2017 and if it wasn't for something like Your Name being the reigning champ, this would easily take the top spot. As it stands, it comes oh so very close.