The Lost City Finds Fun in a Hopeless Place

The Stream: The best parts are already in the trailer

The Big Screen: Brad Pitt’s out here stealing scenes left and right

The Final Bill: A fun but generic romantic comedy/action adventure.

– Trip Fontaine
Director: Aaron Nee & Adam Nee
Writers: Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee & Aaron Nee
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Brad Pitt
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13 for violence and some bloody images, partial nudity and language
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, 3dot productions, Exhibit A, Fortis Films
Platform: In theaters March 25, 2022
Notable Trailers: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Top Gun: Maverick 

What’s up, Streamers? It feels like there have been more streaming options this month than theater options. Once The Batman came out, I guess no studios wanted to put any competition out there. Until this weekend, that is. The Lost City opened in theaters bringing comedy, romance, action, adventure and the return of Sandra Bullock. Here’s how it went.

The Lost City is exactly what you might assume it is from the trailers. Sandra Bullock stars as Loretta Sage, a widowed, best-selling romance novelist who is releasing what may be her final novel. Channing Tatum stars as Alan, the cover model for Loretta’s romance novels, who is riding high on the fame and worried about it coming to an end. When a mysterious billionaire kidnaps Loretta to assist him in locating a treasure, Alan goes to great lengths to rescue her. Hijinks and a little romance might ensue.

It’s a romantic comedy. It’s an action and adventure story. The story itself is in no way innovative and you know exactly where it is going the entire time. Therefore, it all succeeds or fails on the strength of the cast, particularly the chemistry between Bullock and Tatum. For the most part, The Lost City succeeds. The leads do have chemistry. It’s not necessarily romantic chemistry, but you believe that Loretta and Alan would grow to enjoy each other. There is some good banter back and forth, but not all of the jokes land. Some of that chatter gets a little tiresome. There’s really good physical comedy from all of the actors and that keeps the movie chugging along. Plus, there are standouts throughout the cast as Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Brad Pitt all have their moments. It seems like everyone got the memo to just have fun in this movie. Brad Pitt definitely understood the assignment. He steals every scene that he’s in. He’s very funny and weird and charming. The producers definitely got their money’s worth by cast Mr. Pitt.

S2S: Official Rating Scale

Ultimately, The Lost City is a fun movie that’s not trying too hard to reinvent the wheel. You already know where you’re going, so you might as well have fun with it. Is this a rush out and see it movie? Probably not, but it’s good enough for a matinee viewing. Get your bowl of popcorn and have some laughs.