On a whim, I moved Land Of The Lost to the top of our Netflix queue a while back. My wife and I actually watched the Blu-ray a few weeks ago, but things got in the way and I forgot to write about it, but I did want to take a few graphs here to sing the movie’s praises. Will Ferrell’s one of those guys whose in some of my favorite movies of all time and others I’ve only seen a time or two without remembering much from them. I love Old School and Elf, but probably haven’t thought twice about movies like Blades Of Glory or Semi-Pro since I watched them just the once.
Anyway, I had pretty much zero expectations from this film, but figured it might be good for a few laughs. Turns out I actually really enjoyed it. Ferrell plays scientist Dr. Rick Marshall who discovers a way to travel through space and time, but doesn’t build his prototype until grad student Holly (Anna Friel from Pushing Daisies) shows up with some affection and evidence to prove his theories. They go on an expedition that brings them into contact with Danny McBride’s Will, who operates a crummy roadside attraction that happens to be the perfect place to open a portal into the Land of the Lost. While there they do their best to find the lost device, not get eaten by dinosaurs, avoid the Gorn-like Sleestaks and get back home.
I thought this was actually a really solid film that looked good (on Blu-ray at least) and had pretty great comedic, dramatic and action moments. Did anyone see this movie? I don’t remember hearing anything about Land of the Lost when it came out, but I’m not sure if that’s because it got savaged by critics or it just didn’t do well in theaters. I actually just checked out the other movies that came out that weekend and think I might have discovered the reason why it didn’t grab an audience, The Hangover came out that first weekend and became a gigantic hit. There’s also the fact that it’s a less-serious take on a somewhat beloved television series from the 70s. I would imagine some fans saw this and thought it was more along the lines of Starsky & Hutch which poked a lot of fun at the original series. I don’t think that’s really the case though. Even though I’m not very familiar with the original Land Of The Lost, I saw this movie as a comedic take on the concept that treated it with respect, but also a healthy sense of humor.
So, if you were one of the people catching Hangover when it first came out, thought this would be a disrespectful interpretation of something you really love, were burnt out on Will Ferrell movies or just want to see a good-looking, funny movie, I’d say give Land Of The Lost a watch. I’d also say that it’s an interesting film because you get Ferrell and McBride in ways you’re not used to seeing them: PG-13. It’s not the way I want to see those comedians exclusively, but it was a nice change for this film (yeah, I know it was originally rated R and edited to the current rating, I would be curious to see that other version, though).