Worthy and dull super-production, where overacting and flat comedy are disappointingly prevalent. All too often it merely raises trifling questions such as: if it's such a perfect society, why are there locks on the doors? But the superb Ronald Colman makes the film somehow watchable; I'd insist that the reaction of his face upon first seeing Shangri-La is one of the finest moments of screen acting ever recorded.
I'm having mixed feelings with this movie. I really enjoyed the beggining, and the snowy landscapes were awesome, but when they reach Shangri-la... I can't say it's a bad movie, but I didn't like the idea of Western superiority over Asia (An eutopia in Asia created by Europeans, all the main characters are Europeans or North Americans, and much, much more).
Shangri-La. Shangri-La. Shangri-La. When there was still some world left to discover. "I believe it, because I want to believe it... Here's my hope: that we all find our Shangri-La." God, if only this was better.