Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone, John Boylan
Director: Brad Silberling
Series: a Land of the Lost Movie Remake
Release Date: 5 June 2009
Length: 102 minutes
Movie Rating: PG-13
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“After accidentally uncovering a portal to an alternate universe peopled with dinosaurs, Sleestaks and other strange creatures, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) and two associates are forced to navigate a dangerous new world. Brad Silberling directs this big-screen adaptation of the classic 1970s adventure series “Land of the Lost,” the high-concept, low-budget fantasy dreamed up by famed children’s television producers Sid and Marty Krofft.” — Netflix.com
Okay, so this movie is not even close to the movies that I usually watch. Is it stupid, yes. Does it have any redeeming features, no. Did I somehow manage to enjoy myself, yes. I think most comedy movies are stupid and not funny at all, but I had to make an exception for this one! I grew up watching the Land of the Lost series when I was a kid and I thought it was super cool! So I waited for this movie to be released on DVD and then took it up to my sister’s house so that we could watch it together. To make it an even better experience, I brought up one of the DVDs from the original series. Of course, the original series has not aged well and, as I watch it now, I realize that nothing really happened. And the special effects, makeup and acting are terrible! It’s fantastic! I mean, the memories that it brings back. Anyway, I made all of my nephews suffer and watch a full disc of the original series. They moaned and complained and made fun of it for the entire time, but they stayed in the room and watched it with us! Then we popped in the DVD for this movie version and, oh my gosh, it is just as bad as the original, so, of course, it was fabulous!
My sister, my nephews (ages 14, 12, 10, 7 and 4) and myself all watched this movie together and had a wonderful time. Is this a good movie, no, absolutely not. Is it entertaining for fans of the original series – absolutely! The director (Brad Silberling) gave a lot of nods to the original series, which only those in the know would appreciate, so we thought it was awesome! On the flip side of the coin, there were a lot of scenes and locations that had no place in the series whatsoever. One of the biggest differences is that the 3 main characters are not related and Holly is not a little girl. The differences weren’t really a big deal for me as I knew that it was very different from the original TV series before I started watching the movie from watching the previews. I laughed a lot and really got a kick out of the dinosaurs with personalities & intelligence, the sleestacks (which I used to be terrified of!), the weird bugs and plants that attack the explorers and so many other fun details really made this movie a good watch for me. I will probably never watch it again, but, if you watched any of the original series, you absolutely have to watch this one, too! Gather all of your friends and family who watched the TV show, pop the popocorn and sit back to ridicule and make fun – well worth renting!
This movie does include quite a bit of crude humor, including many sexual references. There is also strong language and some violence, but mostly silly, over-the-top action sequences that are so far fetched you are not even close to being scared. My younger nephews did not understand most of the “adult” humor. I wouldn’t really recommend this movie to younger viewers, as the humor really is more adult-oriented, but if they are watching it with adults, then you are probably okay. Recommended for viewers ages 14 and up.