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LAND OF THE LOST review

Mon Jun 15, 2009, 10:47 PM
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  • Listening to: Black Dice
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Land of the Lost is all kinds of awesome!!

Just back from the multiplex, and happy to report Land of the Lost has gotten a really bad rap!

The movie is a visual treat, and is fun, and often funny, throughout.

First, the special effects, they're great. The dinosaurs and world are fully realized and of the highest level. There are tons of different dinosaurs, creatures, and environments at play, and they all look wonderful. Both in terms of quality, and character. The budget on this one really shows.

Second, the art direction and set work, are amazing!
A lot of care and design was put into making the land of the lost unique, vibrant, engrossing, and also very much the orgasmic evolution of the oh so crude original. From the lush forests, to the craggy rocks, to the windswept deserts... they've really built a new dimension for the cast to explore.

Which brings me to, the cast. It's great.
Sure, not everyone is fan of Will Ferrell, and yes, he's in full on man child mode here. But, I suspect even if that's not to your liking, he's solid enough to overlook.
Then we have Danny McBride, who again, has a shtick, and if you're not into his macho redneck loser thing, well, your missing out! I find McBride to be a treat, and anyone who's a fan of Eastbound and Down, will find Danny to be on his game here too.
Which leaves "Holly" and "Chaka", played by Anna Friel, Chuck from the late Pushing Daisies, and Jorma Taccone of SNL respectively. Both are great here. The Chaka from the original series was always more annoying and downright ugly than anything else, except to children, so he's upgraded here to a more cool version, that's a touch easier on the eyes... part caveman, part wookie, and much more low key. And Anna Friel brings the same charm to her role here, with a touch more edge.

As a fan of the mid 70's Sid and Marty Kroft original, the movie is even more rewarding. Sure the main draw as a kid was the dinos, but you also got the epic cool lizard men, the Sleestak, who are also upgraded here. With lavish high tech updates to their cool but low-tech original look, and most of their connecting mythos intact as well; temples, Enik, pit, library of skulls, etc.
It's cool to see that world brought to life with the full budget modern Hollywood treatment, that's faithful to the source.

All that said, is it a great film, or really good story?
No, not really.
But it is a great escape to another dimension of space and time, full of vibrant characters, and fun action.
It's also played very adult for a PG-13 film. It's definitely not aimed at the kids. Just as the show, a Saturday morning kids program, had gobs of actual sci-fi writing that likely zoomed way over our young dino-crazed heads.

Land of the Lost is a tachyon radiated trip to a crazy land of legendary adventures, with potty mouths and humor. The scheduling on this one, a quirky oddity aimed at big kids, releasing amidst the explosion of summer blockbusters, didn't do it any favors, and you might be surprised at just how good this one so many have written off is. Check it out if you ever considered giving it a shot.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

If you're looking for more Land of the Lost goodness, check out my blog pre-release of the film here www.superrealgraphics.com/2009…

Now here's some Land of the Lost fan art by my bud :iconpungang:
Land of the Lost by pungang

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legmuscle Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
I'm actually a fan of Will Ferrell's comedy work and I really enjoyed LotL, but I can see where it might be too odd for a lot of people to get into.

I think the general public was expecting a kid's movie with fun dinosaurs and lizard men but what they got was trippy weirdness with some adult comedy thrown in. I wish it had made more money, I would have loved to see a sequel.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional
Yeah, I love Ferrells stuff, but he can be hit or miss.

And yes, it's far too trippy and adult for a kids movie, and when you see PG-13 and dinosaurs I guess it's hard to sell it for what it was... should've been R maybe, or marketed different, I dunno, of course they want it to play broad, but that, and the bad release date, caused it to tank.

So yeah, it's a shame we won't get a sequel :(
Wrath of Enik, lol ;p
Maybe it'll become a cult hit on DVD...
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legmuscle Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Beware the tunic! :)
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional
lol

that is classic!

"Do you believe in life after love?"
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legmuscle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
:D
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yamis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
meh, i was never into the show so much back in the day, and i have a hard time sitting through more than a half hour of ferrell when he does his whiny man-child thing.

so i passed and saw the Hangover. my chest hurt from laughing so hard, even after the second time watching it
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional
Yeah, sounds like you can't go wrong with The Hangover... I'm fine to wait for DVD on that though.

Check out LotL on DVD then, and just watch it in 30 minute chunks ;)
Then it's like the TV show on steroids, and you can tolerate Ferrell :)
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writerman34 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
I totally loved this movie. I laughed through the whole thing. The in jokes for people who watched the show where awesome.

Plus... Matt Lauer really can SUCK IT.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional
Indeed.

I think, as with Grindhouse, and Hellboy II, (and The Spirit to an extent) it's a victim of scheduling.
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writerman34 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Loved Grindhouse. HellboyII I liked, but I really was not too happy with the deviation from the comic. Have not seen the Spirit.
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