Opened nationwide yesterday, no thread here? Are we so embarrassed about Charlie Hunnam? (I know we still are with Robert Pattinson but if I hadn’t told you you probably would not have recognized him.)
OK, to summarize here now. It is based on a non-fiction slash biographical work of early 20th century British explorer, Percy Fawcett, that nobody had ever before thought to remember and who in fact vanished in the Amazon during his final expedition. That he never returned to tell his story does tend to give the story teller a lot of leeway in framing the subject.
Percy’s obsession was in finding proof of a lost civilization in Amazonia; specifically modern day Bolivia. In his day he was scorned as a crack-pot. In the movie depiction he is a brilliant dreamer who is conveniently a century ahead of his time and so quite capable of showing his 21st century audience his respect and admiration for his fellow indigenous man. So endearing is he that we forgive him for thrice abandoning his wife and children so that he could find himself in the Amazon. That the wife is a strong, independent woman who herself is ahead of her time is a blessing to us all, I’m sure.
I kid because I care. The movie isn’t meant to be comedy. And as a grand adventure it works on many levels. It’s gorgeous and gritty and is not terribly acted most of the time. Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with Charlie Hunnam but in playing a period English military man and explorer I believe he’s found his calling.