Beautiful soft golden light suggests makes Percy Fawcett's allure to the jungle all the more tragic. Other than this, this film most seemed to be working heavy-handedly with archetypes, too much so that it registers flatly for much of it (my issue with many of Gray's films). All the emotion is in the family scenes. Who is to say why a so precisely crafted film is so dull and rote.
There is a thin line between classicism and academism. Before "The Immigrant", James Gray was always on the right side of it. But it is getting even thinner by now. Still the elegance of most shots and a good script help the cause here. Sparks of brilliance only. I like though the ambigous Percy - charismatic Charlie Hunnam. Problem is : i did not FEEL the jungle the way Herzog or Weerasethakul brought it on screen.
Still don't understand the low rating for this. It is emotionally intense, it is visually stunning and well crafted, the actors are superb, music is beautiful. The last scene with the mirror and the scenes in "the underground" are pretty intense such as other unforgettable work of James Gray. HERMOSO CINE...
If one were to speak of Charlie Hunnam this year, most would tie his name to the disaster that is King Arthur. I feel like this film has flown far beneath everyone's radar, and it's a shame, because The Lost City of Z is masterful on all fronts–from the gorgeous cinematography to the top-notch performances and direction. This is an awe-inspiring biopic that everyone should see this year.
The cinematography is stunnin here, the same is the job that J.Gray did and the acting is ok but somehow even with this asset the movie still dont delivered the whole package. I guess the story is the matter here;was repetitive and never reached the climax.Don't get me wrong,the plot is grippin and some moments are more than fine but i expected more with every sec passed;in the end i felt some disappointment. 7/10
James Gray donne de la puissance à un récit très simple et linéaire sur l'explorateur mythique Percy Fawcett. Un film à la fois cotonneux, pareil à un rêve éveillé, qui ramène le film d'aventure à une perspective humaine, tout en lui donnant une autre dimension, celle de la quête d'Absolue. Voilà qui fait redescendre Indiana Jones parmi les hommes. Fascinant.
I wish Gray gave us more to suggest the superficial nature of Z's script, its dialogue and character motivations, are driven by a desire to make uniform a specific male ambition. In retrospect the strength might be in the ambiguity, "self-erasure" as all-encompassing in the face of greater unknowns. On the other, refreshing would have been more than a couple of scenes that weren't so cookie-cutter.
On paper I hate this. Fuck a hero's journey glorifying western imperialism. Yet, I loved it. The movie felt, to me, like a genuine meditation on the strange mystery of life. We find ourselves in places, with people, motivated by desire, motivated by responsibility. It's all very strange. This captures it. It isn't deep, but it is impactful. Hit me like a stoned epiphany that you never quite let go of.
There are certainly moments of brilliance here in Z, with an equal measure of shortcomings. Grey relies heavily on unsubtle dialogue to express character and motivation. His previous films defined a signature style that had much more texture to them, where he relied on body language, mood, and tone. The film, along with its lead character, finds identity in the final act.