Review : The Lost City of Z

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“A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.”

Based on the trailers for this movie, I thought I had a good idea of what this movie was about, but I was wrong. This movie is much more a character study than anything else. It about the acting here, the introspective and reflective moments juxtaposed with the larger than life events of Col. Percival Fawcett’s life. And the acting here is where this movie really shines. Charlie Hunnam does a really great job at portraying the character here, giving him both subtle and more striking features and behaviour. The real stand out performance here however, is Robert Pattinson’s Henry Costin. The role in itself is very subtle, but it plays deftly by Pattinson and is honestly award worthy. All the performances here are honestly top notched, but it must be said that Pattinson is a cut above. The Lost City of Z is a real slow burn also, and that’s something I think you should know if you’re going to watch it, because it is also a long film (2 hours 21 mins) and as such it feel extra long at times. The movie itself spans much of Col. Fawcett’s life and it has a distinct feeling of having a beginning, middle and end. All in all I think if you like these kind of movies (slow burn dramas, that are about the acting more than the pay off) then you will be intrigued and impressed with this movie as I was, if not, you might find this one a bit much to sit through.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

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