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Land of the Lost (3/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 93 Minutes.
I kept thinking that this movie was the equivalent
of a succubus, slowly sucking out my intellect with each succeeding
scene. As I sat there in awe at the sheer inanity of the script (Chris
Henchy & Dennis McNicholas), and story (based on a theme by Sid and
Marty Krofft, who created it as a television series, and are listed as
co-producers of the film), I could feel myself descending to the
intellectual level of the creature sitting next to me, dressed in
tattered jeans, scuffed sneakers, laughing uproariously at each and
every appearance of Will Ferrell, who plays the lead character, Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick develops a time machine that takes him sideways in
time to where time periods are merged. On the trip with him are research
assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist, Will (Danny
McBride). Once there they are joined by Chaka (Jorma Taccone), a
pre-humanoid primate that only Holly can understand.
There are actually some good things about this. One
is that director Brad Silberling keeps the action moving so
that there is a semblance of interest about what the characters are
going through. Friel is beautiful and gives a good performance, as does
McBride. Finally, the T-Rex who wants to gobble up Dr. Rick is very
realistic, so kudos to the
CGI. In fact the movie only lights up with the T-Rex
makes its periodic appearances.
But on the other hand, the monkey suit that Chaka
walks around in is so amateurish it looks like something out of a 1920s
sci-fi silent film, as are some of the other creatures who walk around
in corny suits that make them look like alligators walking upright. They can create a really realistic dinosaur, but
they canít make a simian that looks like a pre-humanoid simian? Hasnít
anybody involved with this film ever seen ďThe Planet of the Apes?Ē Even
though that was 40 years ago, it was far superior to what is used in
The simple story is that the machine that Dr. Rick
has invented to get them where they are has been lost and they have to
find it to get back. The phony upright alligators are also after it so
they can control the universe. The entire thing is played for laughs.
Ferrell has been worse. I have to give it to the
guy, though. Heís got an old manís body, with middle age spread. When he
strips off his shirt he looks as if he has a worn out Michelin under his
skin around his waist, but he still takes it off and flashes his upper
torso. Itís a
disgusting thing to see, but no worse than sitting through this, even if
you arenít next to a guffawing imbecile.
Ferrell and his buddies have created so many
ridiculous films, masqueraded as comedy, that they have influenced a
Pavlovian reaction in people like the guy next to me so that they
actually induce real laughter reacting to things that arenít even the
slightest bit funny. Clap your hands and theyíll laugh. Apparently
appealing to the intellectual level of a dog is a money-maker in todayís