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Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost: Movie Review

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Brad Silberling
Starring: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone
, Matt Lauer
Released by: Universal Pictures

In Short: This refashioning of the 1970s television series is a very amusing romp through time, complete with dinosaurs, giant biting bugs, and the Sleestaks that loyal fans remember.
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"Lost" in Laughter
Chuckling through Time in the Land of the Lost

Looking for giant dinosaurs, little scaly green aliens, gorilla men, and a lot of laughs in your summer movie-going experience? Then look no further than the adventure comedy flick Land of the Lost, for it has all that and more.

Will Ferrell stars as Dr. Rick Marshall, a bumbling scientist who has become the laughingstock of the scientific community because of his outlandish theories concerning time travel. But when he meets up with comely graduate student Holly Cantrell (the lovely Anna Friel of Pushing Daisies fame), she convinces him that together they can construct his time-travel device. When they do, they end up jumping through time along with a redneck carny owner (played by Danny McBride), and dropping into a land where past and present are strangely merged.

Filled with tons of action, clever quips, and great chemistry among the slightly hapless trio and their trusty gorilla-man sidekick named Chaka—whom they meet in the dangerous wild place that their time machine has transported them into—Land of the Lost is a rollicking ride. Actually, there are moments in the movie where it is hard not to think, "Ah, Universal Studios is working on a ride made from that sequence as we watch."

Will Ferrell and Danny McBride in Land of the Lost Danny McBride, Will Ferrell and Anna Friel in Land of the Lost

But putting the obvious theme-park elements aside, director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events) deftly moves the silly story along, quickly introducing the Sleestaks—those scaly green aliens—and their leader's insidious plot to take over the world by manipulating the space-time continuum. Let's face it: the plot is not the key to this refashioning of the Seventies television series of the same name. Instead, the fun of this flick is all about the visuals, the jokes, and Will Ferrell's uncanny ability to create a conceited, dumbass character that we end up wholeheartedly rooting for in the end.

Land of the Lost is perfect summer fare, an escape to another world that is fun for the whole family and filled with double-entendre jokes that will go right over the kids' heads; as McBride put it at the premiere, "it's a completely subversive kids' movie, isn’t it?"

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated: 06/05/09 KR)

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