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The Lost City of Z


The Lost City of Z
The Lost City of Z Cast / Crew
DIRECTOR: James Gray.
BANNER: Plan B Entertainment,Keep Your Head Productions,MICA Entertainment,MadRiver Pictures
GENRE:American Biographical Adventure Drama
PRODUCER:Dede Gardner,Jeremy Kleiner,Anthony Katagas,James Gray,Dale Armin Johnson.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Darius Khondji.
MUSIC DIRECTOR:Christopher Spelman.
EDITOR:John Axelrad.
CAST

Charlie Hunnam

Robert Pattinson

Sienna Miller

Tom Holland

Angus Macfadyen

Ian McDiarmid

Franco Nero

Harry Melling

John Sackville

Adam Bellamy

Daniel Huttlestone

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The Lost City of Z Review

The Lost City of Z': Low on emotional quotient (Review By Subhash K. Jha ; Rating: **)

The narrative begins in 1905, in Cork, Ireland, where an undecorated major of the Royal Army, Percival Fawcett, portrayed by Charlie Hunnam, indulges in a successful deer hunt, only to be reminded that he comes from a weak stock. Hence, he is coerced into accepting the Royal Geographical Society's map-making expedition along the disputed border between Brazil and Bolivia.

Fawcett leaves behind his wife Nina, played by the terrific Sienna Miller, and their newborn son Jack for years. He is joined by a crew that includes an almost unrecognisable and wonderfully understated Robert Pattinson as his co-researcher and aide-de-camp Henry Costin.

Their trip, through unchartered territory, proves harrowing when they are accosted by rough weather, terrain and savage tribes. But it is when they find some remains of a habitation, which includes pieces of pottery and idols strewn about, Fawcett is charged with hope and excitement to find the once-prosperous and now extinct city that he names "Z", after the last alphabet in the English lexicon.

He returns to Ireland, to convince his fellow countrymen that the wilderness as a metaphor can be glimpsed but never charted. He gets obsessed about proving to the "white world" that the inhabitants of the Amazon are a wise race, instead of the stereotypical savages his fellow countrymen would have the world believe. So he insists on going back to the Amazon, time and again, to find that elusive city and prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

This film is Charlie Hunnam's canvas. He is sincere and commanding, as he brings to the fore with natural ease the passion of Percival Fawett. He is aptly supported by Miller and Tom Holland as his resentful son Jack, who accompanies him on his last trip.

The screenplay, drafted by James Gray, builds Fawcett's arc, though disjointed, with painful precision of an epically-scaled tale in classic filmmaking style. While the journeys to the Amazon are projected perfunctorily, Gray seems more interested in Fawcett's internal journey. This is evident when he says to his son, "We are all made of the same clay," and "Nothing will happen to us. It is not our destiny."

Apart from this, the screenplay is a collage of people, places and events set in an era that seems foreign despite having existed only a century ago. Historical inaccuracies aside, the film provides an uneven but compelling portrait of one of the last members of a dying breed (explorers).

With strong production values, the film visually seems to be inspired by films of the genre. It is with the wide-angled lens that cinematographer Darius Khondji skilfully captures terra-firma and the emotions of the characters. It is the jungle scenes in particular that are intense and immersive.

Overall, the film is skilfully and sensitively handled but does not move you emotionally.
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