Based on David Grann’s book of the same name, The Lost City
of Z tells the tale of real-life British explorer Percy Fawcett (played by
Charlie Hunnam) who made several expeditions to the Bolivian Amazon during the
early 20th century in search of an ancient lost city before
Director James Gray crafts a grand production that along
with Darius Khondji’s hauntingly beautiful cinematography and a powerful,
career-defining performance from Hunnam as a man driven by obsession and a
thirst for knowledge results in a gorgeous, moving period epic that wouldn’t
look out of place in Merchant Ivory’s back catalogue.
Though it was a big hit with critics, at the box office it
got as lost as Fawcett’s fabled city making just over $17 million against its
$30 million production budget. We have a feeling that if the movie had gone
with its original casting choice of Brad Pitt as Fawcett, it would’ve helped
get more bums on seats which is a shame because both the movie and Hunnam’s
performance are something worth seeing.