Land of the Lost
Release year: 2009
Director: Brad Silberling
Screenwriter: Chris Henchy, Dennis McNicholas
Starring: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone, Joh Boylan, Matt Lauer, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Sierra McCormick
When Palaeontologist Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) goes on an expidition with Holly (Anna Friel), the only one who believes in his research, they accidently get sucked into a space-time vortex together with redneck Will (Danny McBride).
A movie based on the 1970’s tv show by the same name is equally silly, but don’t expect them to be much alike in style, as the movie contrary to the tv show is deliberately silly. With stars like Ferrell (Step Brothers, 2008) and McBride (This is the End, 2013) you should have an idea what sort of humour this contains. Ferrell is great as the arrogant scientist who is usually wrong about everything and delivers some of the best jokes with his attempts to succeed and his encounter with the wild life of the alternate universe they struggle to survive in. McBride and Friel (Limitless, 2011) supports him well, even though McBride’s character is a bit of a goofball, they both appear more sensible than Marshall and helps bring balance to the movie. The native they encounter and befriends, the hairy Chaka (Jorma Taccone), works well at deepening the difference between the group though he is at times a bit too creepy and disturbing for his own good. The special effects are so-so, some of the creatures consists of poor rubber suits, but considering the movie it doesn’t really matter, what matters is wether the jokes work and they mostly do.
Kathy Coleman and Wesley Eure from the original tv-show did a cameo that was cut when the ending of the movie was changed. You can watch it here: Kathy Coleman and Wesley Eure cameo
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