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Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost (2009) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  102m  •    •  Directed by: Brad Silberling.  •  Starring: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone, John Boylan, Matt Lauer, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Sierra McCormick, Shannon Lemke, Stevie Wash Jr., Brian Huskey, Kevin Buitrago, Noah Crawford.  •  Music by: Michael Giacchino.
        On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.

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"Will Ferrell never disappoints" was a previous notion of mine that proved to be false. Land of the Lost, directed by Brad Silberling accomplished the feat of being the first Will Ferrell film I have watched without having sore abs afterward from laughing. This so called "comedy" starring Ferrell as archaeologist Dr. Rick Marshall, lacked the laughs and special effects to hold any degree of my interest.

The only times I chuckled during the film were at the crude, sexual remarks occasionally slipped into a scene, usually directed toward Marshall's assistant Holly (Anna Friel). As the two of them and Will (Danny McBride) are time warped into another world run by animated creatures they are faced with strange, unexpected obstacles. This unknown world consistently faces the trio with challenges as they search for Marshall's tachyon amplifier and a portal back to the real world.

The noticeably computerized dinosaurs, aliens, and other creatures left a permanently confused wrinkle on my forehead. Several scenes had me questioning if they were meant to look overly fake as a joke. The actors were not blended with the backgrounds, but rather looked like they had been placed in front of the screen with no further editing. In multiple cases, backgrounds and actors failed to preserve the same resolution. Continuously half- blurry and half-high definition scenes distracted away from what was happening on the screen.

Until nearly halfway through the film, the plot had no direction. Marshall and his sidekicks roamed aimlessly until an alien from a black hole in yet another unknown world asked Dr. Marshall to retrieve his amplifier from the jungle. Finally, they had a mission. Nothing happened to further advance the plot besides random, unpredictable events, such as an ice cream truck landing in the middle of the desert or hundreds of aliens appearing from the forest. It's as if, while writing the script the writers arrived at a dead end and chose an object from a hat to fall from the sky to liven things up.

To add to the nonsensical plot, there was often times mysterious music playing louder than the actors were speaking. In most scenes there was nothing suspenseful about to happen, and it had me questioning if the spooky music was merely on repeat. The constant "dun dun dun dun" was unnecessary and on the verge of annoying. Rather than adding effect, it created confusion as a result of not being able to hear the dialogue. Overall, I was very unimpressed with the quality of this film. The original idea may have had potential with well known actors playing conflicting characters, but somewhere in the making, the ideas went south. Maybe a science fiction lover who thinks Will Ferrell simply strutting around in an archaeologist outfit is humorous would enjoy this movie more than I did. I'm not even sure a science fiction fanatic would have endured this sloppily edited film.


Review by bergeronmorgan
from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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