Chances are you didn’t run out and see this adventure film starring Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride when it hit the big screen in 2009. And to that I’d say, ‘fair enough.’ What I do recommend however is checking it out now that it’s had time to settle and let everyone forget how much it cost to make.
Land of the Lost was an effects-driven kids TV show from the 70’s that I never saw. Apparently the guys who made it got jealous of other TV shows that had been made into big budget films (Charlies Angels, Lost in Space) and wanted a slice of the pie too*.
Will Ferrell plays Dr. Rick Marshall, a disgraced scientist whose fire for his research gets rekindled when Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel) walks in and shows him something impossible that’s related to his work. They head out to test his invention in the middle of nowhere that also happens to be a 3rd rate family attraction run by a redneck named Will Stanton (Danny McBride). One thing leads to another and they find themselves travelling to an alternate dimension peopled by lizard men, primates and dinosaurs. There are also three moons and a bunch of other whack shit that doesn’t make sense. In this world they meet Chaka (Jorma Taccone), a primate who helps them on their quest to get back home.In terms of great films this is not one of them, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun. It looks great (directed by Brad Silberling – the guy behind the adaptations of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events and Casper – among other things), this guy knows how to bring stylised worlds to the screen. The script is helmed by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas (SNL alumni) who know how to piece together an entertaining script but also leave enough room for Ferrell and McBride to improvise which is where they both really shine. Anna Friel does very well to counter their lunacy with her ‘straight guy’ approach.
So if you want to see something that’s big, fun and a little bit like a bad acid trip with Will Ferrell riding a dinosaur, this is the movie for you.
*I can not verify this statement with facts as I may have made it up.