Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is my kind of person. A writer, struggling with her new novel, reclusive until her publicist drags her on a book tour. Worse, the cover model (Channing Tatum) from her hugely popular bonk-lit series has been booked for the tour, too.
However, Loretta isn’t just a ‘women’s fiction’ writer: she’s in mourning for her late archaeologist husband, but he wasn’t the only brains in the marriage. Loretta’s accurate translation of a dead language in one of her books has brought her to the attention of spoiled billionaire, Abigail ‘it’s a gender-neutral name like Lesley’ Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), who kidnaps her to help him find a tomb filled with treasure in the titular Lost City.
So far, so Romancing the Stone (1984), and indeed this very much plays as an updated, slightly less sexist, version of that. Only this time neither character is the suave Jack – there’s a familiar face cameo’ing for that – but rather both are totally unsuited to adventures in the jungle. (oh yeah: anti-content warning – there are no freak-me-out insects!).
To be honest, it’s not a very ‘good’ film, but for a Friday night’s entertainment it was huge amounts of fun. I like Sandra Bullock and her character is great; Tatum’s a little less so although the PG nudity might win a few viewers ’round 😉 Radcliffe has played this character before (in Now You See Me 2) and is more amusing than menacing, but they poke fun at him nicely.
The humour is thick and fast – and 90% penis based. Given the original title was ‘The Lost City of D’, they really really run with the joke. A lot of it is quite subtle, and would go over the heads of younger kids, so that kind of level. But yeah, cue much childish sniggering 😉
Overall, I can’t say much more than ‘daft fun’, but oh there’s a time for that! The pace is a little uneven, the whole fairly unforgettable, but it was enjoyable enough at the time.
Released: 15th April 2022 (UK)
Viewed: 13th May 2022
Running time: 112 minutes
My rating: 7/10