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Land of the Lost

Should Have Stayed Lost

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

There are only two reasons to see Land of the Lost: Will Ferrell and Danny McBride. This isnít a shining moment in eitherís career, but they are both inherently funny and manage to lift up an otherwise disastrous film into watchable territory. The blame on this one doesnít fall with its stars but rather director Brad Silberling who concocts a story of perpetual plot conveniences devoid of almost any character development. The only conclusion is that all those involved wanted to have fun making a multi-million dollar film while caring less about how it turned out.

Thereís honestly not much more to say about this film. The plot is fairly obvious: a washed up scientist, Dr. Rick Marshall (Ferrell), who is ridiculed about his theory of time travel and alternate dimensions eventually proves his theories true when he enters a new dimension. Thrown haphazardly in is a story about how he must save the universe from destruction and a love story with colleague Holly (Anna Friel). But the background isnít important as itís just injected to try and give the film some sort of weight, when really the film is just an excuse for Ferrell to be silly in a new environment. He does manage to elicit quite a few laughs, but itís simply not enough to warrant an enjoyable viewing.

McBride is also a gifted comedian and manages to hold his own against Ferrell. However like Ferrellís nonsensical, obviously improvised outbursts, McBride is also settling into the steady character of "redneck friend". Here heís no different as a filthy tour guide who leads the two scientists to the place where they are able to cross over. As the third wheel he offers the required tension breaking and is the character whoís the most out of place in his new surroundings. Despite the humor the two manage, itís almost a pity to see such talent wasted.

Obviously, itís not necessary for a fantastical comedy to be grounded in reality but there are just too many ďdeus ex machinaĒ moments and overtly numbing plot conveniences such as how Holly can magically speak to their newfound ape friend Chaka (Jorma Taccone) but canít decipher his language when theyíre in immediate danger. Perhaps itís petty, but itís moments like these that drown the film. No oneís asking for a smart film with Land of the Lost but some consistency and intelligence would be welcome.