The Lost City of Z

Over the decades, explorers have turned from heroes to villains. Depending on your point of view, people such as Captain James Cook and Christopher Columbus are either saints or pariahs. Their determination to chart new horizons hasn’t been disputed and which is shown in its lead characters. Based on David Grann’s book and directed with intensity by James Gray, ‘The Lost City of Z’ is an intriguing exploration of humanity’s enduring quest to uncover the unknown.

In 1905, British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) is asked to survey the Amazonian landscape. Aided by fellow explorer Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), Fawcett is amazed when they discover hints of a previously unheard of civilisation. Eager to explore further, despite the ridicule of the scientific establishment, Fawcett sets out on his journey. Supported by his strong-willed wife Nina (Sienna Miller) and son Jack (Tom Holland), Fawcett’s discoveries lead to life-changing moments which put his name in the history books.

‘The Lost City of Z’ again shows why true events are usually more compelling than fictional ones. Explorers like Fawcett were the rock stars of their era, swamped with adoration by a public filled with captured imaginations. The opportunity to find new lands motivated Fawcett and his team despite the racism and opposition from his supposed superiors. It’s fascinating seeing how Fawcett’s group refused to give up despite the dangers the jungles offered. Hunnam and his co-stars do a solid job in conveying the spirited and open-minded zeal pushing their characters to greater heights.

The cinematography propels ‘The Lost City of Z’ to another level. More than a standard ‘point and shoot’ manner similar projects use, ‘The Lost City of Z’ effectively reveals the otherworldly quality of the Amazon. It’s a beautiful looking film that occasionally overwhelms the story with its stunning visuals. It provides a very classic movie making feel overall as the tale glides at an assured pace.

James Gray turns what may have been a cliched British exploration yarn into an arresting experience. ‘The Lost City of Z’ uses its locales well and doesn’t present its lead character as a flawless saint. The lure of fresh challenges will always drive people like Fawcett whose eagerness for new horizons is something most can relate with.

Rating out of 10: 7


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