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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pass on "Land of the Lost"

"Land of the Lost" is such a trainwreck of a movie I can't imagine anyone except diehard fans of Will Ferrell or the 1970s TV show enjoying it. Even that might be a stretch

So, you could imagine my shock when - at a preview screening - many in attendance clapped at the film's conclusion.

Makes you wonder how easy moviegoers have become these days. I'll be honest, there are plenty of films over the years many consider horrible I consider guilty pleasures.

"Land of the Lost" won't be one of them.

There were a few funny moments thanks to the efforts of Ferrell, and the film's best moment is when Ferrell sings the catchy theme song from the original TV series with a banjo. That's it.

Now the bad, and where do I start?

Dr. Rick Marshall (Ferrell) is a scientist who, along with his assistant (Anna Friel) and a redneck (Danny McBride), is sucked into a time-travel vortex to an alternate universe with dinosaurs, sleestaks and a primate named Chaka, a familiar character from the old TV show.

Speaking of the old show, at least they got it right when one thinks of prehistoric times, namely a jungle setting. "Land of the Lost" is mostly set in a desert, which begs the questions: When did dinosaurs inhabit the desert? I know I'm nitpicking, so let's move on.

When you watch a Ferrell movie, you don't expect ... well much of anything except slapstick humor. Sadly, this one misses the mark big time. The Ferrell magic we all watched in "Old School" and "Anchorman" just isn't there this time.

Special-effect wise, there isn't much here either, and that's inexcusable, considering it's a dinosaur movie.

Again, with a Ferrell movie, the expectation level when it comes to acting isn't very high, but the efforts in this one are simply abysmal.

Nearly everything in "Land of the Lost" seemed rushed and the finished product is proof of that.

- Mark Podolski


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