“ The Lost City of Z: In 1925, Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon in search of a myth. What he discovered became legendary. ”
The Lost City of Z is coming to theaters this weekend, expected to open in just 4 theaters alongside The Fate of the Furious opening at more than 4200 theaters.
The movie is directed by James Gray (4 times Cannes’ Palme d’Or nominee) and based on the best-selling book by David Gann.
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Here is the critics’ thoughts:
Total Film – Jane Crowther
With lush visuals, intelligent performances and a lingering lyricism, this is an instant classic that cements Hunnam’s star power.
Time Out New York – Joshua Rothkopf
The grandeur of this movie is off the charts. For a certain kind of old-school film fan, someone who believes in shapely, classical proportions and an epic yarn told over time, it will be the revelation of the year.
The Telegraph – Robbie Collin
A film as transporting, profound and staggering in its emotional power as anything I’ve seen in the cinema in years.
TheWrap – Dan Callahan
The Lost City of Z feels like a clear artistic advance for Gray, who proves himself here as one of our finest and most distinctive living filmmakers.
The Hollywood Reporter – Todd McCarthy
The Lost City of Z is a rare piece of contemporary classical cinema; its virtues of methodical storytelling, traditional style and obsessive theme are ones that would have been recognized and embraced anytime from the 1930s through the 1970s.
Slant Magazine – Ed Gonzalez
The Lost City of Z links every weathered look that Percy Fawcett throws to the heart of his spiritual yearning.
The Film Stage – Nick Newman
The lushness of its images, how they simultaneously recall and move forward, in concert with its confidence in its pacing, as a work of both writing and editing, are a powerful thing taken in-tandem.
ScreenCrush – Matt Singer
Its unhurried pacing, complex themes, and magnificent visuals that must be seen on a big screen make it feel like an artifact from an era of big-budget filmmaking that has been rendered essentially extinct by the franchisification of Hollywood.
Empire – Dan Jolin
Solid and stately, a ’70s-feeling jungle adventure film that’s more of a thought-provoker than an excitement-inducer. But there’s nothing wrong with that.
CineVue – Patrick Gamble
An ornately mounted story marked with tints of antiquarianism, The Lost City of Z is perhaps Gray’s most accomplished film to date.
The Guardian – Jordan Hoffman
Much will be said about Gray’s cinematic craft (as is often the case when a director works with cinematographer Darius Khondji) but beneath the slow roll down the river pierced by arrows from unseen, defensive natives, there’s a fascinating, mercurial screenplay that offers just enough to keep you journeying for more insight.
The Playlist – Rodrigo Perez
The Lost City Of Z won’t be for all viewers, but its delicate devotion to itself is something sure to inspire admiration and obsessives.
The New Yorker – Anthony Lane
Gray is hampered, to an extent, by treading in the tracks of Werner Herzog, who went to South America with Klaus Kinski, his leading man (or, as Herzog calls him, “my best fiend”), and returned with the extraordinary “Aguirre, Wrath of God” (1972) and “Fitzcarraldo” (1982).
Variety – Owen Gleiberman
The Lost City of Z is a finely crafted, elegantly shot, sharply sincere movie that is more absorbing than powerful. It makes no major dramatic missteps, yet it could have used an added dimension — something to make the two-hour-and-20-minute running time feel like a transformative journey rather than an epic anecdotal crusade.
Screen International – Graham Fuller
Lost City is the acme of a 21st century prestige picture. Sadly, however, it is one that is also deeply flawed. Gray’s most ambitious movie yet is marred by a story arc that fails to rise or reach a climax, unnatural-sounding expository dialogue, and an unforgivable lack of thrills.
We Got This Covered – Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Despite gorgeous cinematography and a strong cast, The Lost City of Z is a shallow and overly romantic film that falls into the trap of hero worship.
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.
- Director: James Gray
Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Johann Myers, Daniel Huttlestone, Michael Ford-FitzGerald, Edward Ashley, Ian McDiarmid
- Rating: PG-13
- Runtime: 140min
- Release date: April 14, 2017
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History