Director: Brad Silberling
Cast: Will Ferrell, Danny R. McBride, Anna
Friel, Jorma Taccone
RunTime: 1 hr 41 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: PG (Some Sexual Humour)
Official Website: http://www.landofthelost.net/
Opening Day: 11 June 2009
Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world - a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost.
Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride) named Will. Chased by T-Rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall, Will and Holly must rely on their only ally - a primate called Chaka (Jorma Taccone) to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they’re heroes. Get stuck, and they'll be permanent refugees in the Land of the Lost.
has not been in a family friendly comedy since the surprisingly
funny yet tender Elf (2003). And if this bloated, big-budget
remake of a 1970s television series is anything to go by,
he should continue to steer clear of the genre.
no doubt Ferrell’s been cast as disgraced palaeontologist
Rick Marshall (Stephen Hawkins calls his big time-warp discovery
‘nonsense’) to reprise his now familiar love-it-or-hate-it
man-child comic routine, the kind that consists of him being
a complete idiot and making you laugh at him without ever
feeling bad about it. Yes, to some (me included), Ferrell
can be very funny when he’s being crude, blasé
and sometimes even downright offensive.
is supposed to be PG-material, so there’s not really
much room for Ferrell to be that loud, rude and vulgar fool
that he has since perfected in movies such as Tallageda Nights
(2006), Blades of Glory (2007) and Step Brothers (2008). Instead,
first-time feature-film writers Chris Henchy (of TV’s
Entourage) and Dennis McNicholas (a Saturday Night Live writer-alum)
offer Ferrell an endless stream of physical gags to work with.
he’s chased by a certain T-Rex offended by his insult
that its brain is the size of a walnut, another minute he’s
running away from lizard-like alien creatures called Sleestaks.
In between, there’s also flying reptiles, a gigantic
crab and an ape-man called Chaka (Jorma Taccone) who takes
a particularly fond interest in grabbing the boobs of Ferrell’s
research assistant Holly (Pushing Diasies’ Anna Friel).
if that puts a frown across your face, you’re probably
right to be worried, especially if you’re bringing your
kid, because there’s a fair bit of eyebrow-raising sexual
humour here. Yes, apart from a hinted Sleestak making-out,
there’s also Ferrell telling you how he places his hand
down his shorts when he needs some cheering up.
aptitude for raunchy humour is shared by his co-star Danny
McBride, starring as redneck survivalist Will, whose rundown
water-ride becomes the time warp by which Ferrell’s
Dr Rick Marshall and Holly fall through to end up in a place
where apparently past, present and future get mashed into
one. It’s the land of the lost, though what seems oddly
misplaced in this supposed all-ages family adventure is Ferrell
and McBride’s adult humour.
not the only thing that’s lost. For one, there’s
Henchy and McNicholas’ lack of a story, so much so that
the movie feels more like a series of cheesy sketches haphazardly
stitched together. There’s also their lack of imaginative
talent, such that some mildly amusing gags like Chaka’s
boob-grabbing outstay their welcome. And then there’s
Brad Silberling’s lack of direction, much like Ferrell’s
“serpentine” directionless running around while
being chased by the T-Rex affectionately (or maybe not so
affectionately) referred to as Grumpy.
just like that Grumpy T-Rex is smarter than Ferrell thinks,
so too is the audience to know that they are being led aimlessly
around a theme-park excuse of a movie. Certainly, there are
some jokes that will make you laugh at their absurdity, but
they are quite unfortunately lost amidst the rest of this
sloppy mess. If Matt Lauer wonders why Ferrell’s character
spent US$50 million researching time warps, it’s only
natural audiences should ask how US$100 million got spent
on this lazy big-screen version of a Saturday-morning TV-show.
(Hardly raunchy enough for Ferrell’s fans, nor family-friendly
enough for kids, this bloated theme-park of a movie belongs
right where its title says)
Review by Gabriel Chong