“Imbued with the spirit of exploration and a cosmic sense of destiny, James Gray’s big-canvas jungle adventure joins epic company. The real-life story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, made crazy with a vision of an ancient Amazonian civilization but lost to the jungle in 1925, has everything you could possibly want in an adventure tale: mutinous colleagues, cannibals with bubbling pots of fire, spears flying out of nowhere, shrunken heads, blood-hyped piranhas, even an interlude with an opera troupe singing Mozart in the wild. But in the hands of The Immigrant’s careful writer-director Gray, it has something else that most modern filmmakers would skim over in favor of action: a soulful sense of unresolved wanderlust, and an exquisitely developed tension between family responsibilities and the faint call of greatness over the horizon. The Lost City of Z feels like it comes out of that epic 1970s moment when filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Werner Herzog dived into the muck on their own personal tests of will. …For a certain kind of old-school film fan, someone who believes in shapely, classical proportions and an epic yarn told over time, it will be the revelation of the year”—Time Out. PG-13. 142 Min.
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