A Ridiculously Bedazzled Jumpsuit

Sandra Bullock is our reigning screwball queen and god help anyone who tries to take her crown away. No currently-working actress is as game as she is to pull off a pratfall — backward and in high heels and a ridiculously bedazzled jumpsuit, too! And Bullock pulls off plenty of pratfalls in “The Lost City,” Adam and Aaron Nee’s old-school romantic adventure comedy that plays like “Romancing the Stone” for the “21 Jump Street” generation.

 

Sandra Bullock is our reigning screwball queen and god help anyone who tries to take her crown away. No currently-working actress is as game as she is to pull off a pratfall — backward and in high heels and a ridiculously bedazzled jumpsuit, too! And Bullock pulls off plenty of pratfalls in “The Lost City,” Adam and Aaron Nee’s old-school romantic adventure comedy that plays like “Romancing the Stone” for the “21 Jump Street” generation.

But first, we need to get to the “Romancing the Stone” of it all. “The Lost City,” which follows Bullock’s romance novelist as she winds up on a swashbuckling adventure straight out of her books, is almost beat-for-beat the plot of “Romancing the Stone” with a few tweaks. There’s a kidnapping, a dashing adventurer, even a scene-stealing short king. But of all the recent attempts to revive that mid-budget star-driven comedy, “The Lost City” is the most successful.

 

That’s because you can’t make a movie like this — with a flimsy plot and an even flimsier grasp on reality — without star power. And “The Lost City” has it in spades. Bullock is a guarantee — leveraging her “America’s Sweetheart” status from the ’90s to make the transition from rom-com queen to Oscar nominee back to rom-com queen amid the genre’s last gasps — but Channing Tatum is just as much a draw, if not more so. As the cover model who graces all of the novels of Bullock’s Loretta Sage, Tatum is at his “himbo” best here, radiating a sweet but dopey leading man charm that only he can really carry off. Pairing Tatum’s hapless cover model and Bullock’s secretly savvy novelist makes “The Lost City” more than just a tired “Romancing the Stone” redux; it’s a good old time at the movies.

 

A terrific cast marks the spot

Loretta Sage (Bullock) is a best-selling romance novelist who has become a recluse in the wake of her husband’s death. At the urging of her publicist, Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), Loretta squeezes out one more book in her popular romance-adventure series and reluctantly agrees to go on a book tour with her longtime cover model Alan Caprison (Tatum), the dimwitted embodiment of her Fabio-haired hero, Dash McMahon. But the first stop ends disastrously. First, Loretta reveals to her dismayed audience and publicity team that she intends to kill off her hero before Alan subsequently tumbles off the stage when Loretta gets her smartwatch stuck in his wig. And then, Loretta is kidnapped. Worst of it all, she’s stuck in heels and an expensive sparkly jumpsuit. note: DEEMO Sakura Melody Movie

 

Screwball with a screw slightly loose

All of these plot machinations fly by, because really, in a movie like this, who cares about the plot? “The Lost City” knows it’s all about the hijinks between Bullock and Tatum, and rushes to bring the two of them together and plop them in the middle of the jungle. But it’s to both the film’s advantage and disadvantage that the rest of it doesn’t really hold together, because when Bullock and Tatum aren’t onscreen, the movie starts to sag. It’s not that the supporting cast isn’t up to the task — in fact, they’re all more than game — but they’re given precious little to do apart from serving up clichés.  note: His father was a sniper in the British Army! Movie

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