The Lost City recalls the classic comedy genre

Anna de Oliveira—Staff Writer

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A nostalgic comedy about a novelist, a fictional hero, and a delusional billionaire, The Lost City follows the story of Angela,  the novelist, as she promotes her newest book.

When Angela is kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax, the delusional billionaire, Alan (also  known as Dash), hires a fictional hero, Jack Trainer, to save Angela.

The Lost City thrusts its characters into a jungle adventure that tests the boundaries of their relationships. Given its star-studded cast of Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, and Daniel Radcliffe, the film’s personality and old school humor is thicker than a humid, jungle afternoon. 

To me, The Lost City recalls the importance of the comedy genre. When considering today’s action comedies, dramedies, and rom-coms, the pure, unadulterated comedy is often forgotten.

The Lost City, which I appreciated every minute of, reminded me of the comedies of my childhood. It’s fresh, but familiar.

Though critics claim the comedy fell flat, I found it enjoyable and felt its 112-minute runtime was well-paced. In addition, its romantic moments weren’t over-the-top or obtuse, a rarity in today’s industry.

I recommend The Lost City. It’s a date night movie, as Mark Volkers, digital media production instructor, says, because its got something for everyone. 

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