Sunday, June 7, 2009

Review: Land of the Lost

Grade: B-

Land of the Lost is a movie based on the TV show from the 70's. This movie is about a man, Dr. Rick Marshall, who is the laughing stock of the science community because he has invested is life and taxpayer money into time warps. A seemingly ludicrous concept that he believes could save our renewable energy problem. One day he encounters a woman, Holly Cantrell, who convinces him to finish his work and join her on a small field test. The small field test takes place in a cave/tourist trap in the middle of nowhere. There they meet a cave guide, Will Stanton, who takes them into the cave. Then the small field experiment go awry and they open a full blown time warp and the three of them are transported to another dimension where the past, present and future combine into one. They then embark on a journey to find their way back and along the way encounter a missing link type creature, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, lizard creatures called Sleestaks and a whole other mess of bizarre creatures.

The movie stars Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, Anchorman) as Dr. Rick Marshall, a joke in the science community. This is unfortunately far from Will Ferrell's best performance, while he is still funny at points but not nearly as much as I was hoping for. Anna Friel (TV's Pushing Daisies) plays Holly Cantrell, a woman who studied the works of Dr. Marshall at college and was convinced he was right. Anna Friel shows great potential as an actress but unfortunately doesn’t contribute much to the humor of this movie. Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express) plays Will Stanton, a white trash tourist trap worker who end up getting sucked into the time warp with the other two. McBride has always been a very funny man and most of the humor in this movie comes from his character.

I was really hoping this movie was going to be funnier. The trailer and concept showed so much potential to me but the script just couldn't seem to deliver. Don't get me wrong it was still funny and it had its moments but I was just wanting more. The bits with the T-Rex were funny and entertaining but at times it seemed like the movie was relying on this gag for its laughs. The character Cha-Ka, who is a half ape half man creature, is pretty entertaining at times.

This movie is very enjoyable and is very funny at times but to me it just wasn't enough. It is still absolutely worth seeing if you like a good comedy. This movie isn't for everybody but if you like Will Ferrell you'll probably like this movie.

Great Quote: "Matt Lauer can suck it!"

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