Land Of The Lost confused me more than it made me laugh.
The sci-fi adventure seemingly aimed at children with images of dinosaurs, strange places and silly lead roles. Then again, it’s also trying to play to the nostalgic crowd who watched the series on TV.
The sad thing is, Land Of The Lost is neither. I’m no prude, but the dialogue and sexual references in the movie are not for kids. It's also loosely based on what I remember from the TV show.
Will Ferrell leads the cast as Dr. Rick Marshall. Holly is not his daughter (as in the TV series,) but rather a hot younger scientist who has puppy dog eyes for Marshall, because of his research. With he intentions of finding the world an alternate power source from an alternate dimension, they meet up with a hick fireworks salesman/tour guide (Danny McBride.) Together, they manage to open a portal to another world, then struggle to find a way back.
While in the Land of the Lost they oddly bounce from what you would consider to be a jungle version of time when the dinosaurs live, to a disconnected desert oasis that looks like something out of a Salvador Dali painting.
OK, fine. Maybe the whole plot is supposed to be preposterous. At least show me something funny to keep me interested! With the exception of Dr. Marshall duping The Today Show’s Matt Lauer into saying “Matt Lauer can suck it,” I didn’t find too much to laugh at.
It’s odd. Ferrell has been one of my favorite comedic actors of late, but this performance, and his other most recent roles in Step Brothers and Semi-Pro haven’t done anything for me. Is it me, or Ferrell’s comic choices that have changed?
(Out of Four)
Adams Rating Guide:
Overall rating: No further explanation needed.
Date Freindly: Will the “dater? get a smooch from the “datee? for taking them to this one.
Good Laughs: A general rating for number of laughs.
Artistic Value: Includes scenery, camera work, presentation on film, ability to convey a message.
Drama: How much they poured it on and whether it was effective.