A clear offspring of the Romancing the Stone variety, there’s a lot of fun in to be had in this Paramount film from directors Adam Nee and Aaron Nee. The Lost City mostly succeeds thanks to the winning chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Bullock is Loretta Sage, a self-loathing romance author who is tired of her uninspired books and even more tired of doing press with her hunky and clueless cover model (Channing Tatum).

Bullock’s character has a real knowledge of history and language, and she’s pulled into a treasure-hunting escapade and chased by scary men with guns thanks to a crazed rich kid (Daniel Radcliffe) looking for a titular lost city of yore to bolster his own reputation in his family that feels very much like the Roys from Succession.

Tatum is the one to witness the kidnapping and decides to enlist a rogue mercenary (Brad Pitt), who steals the show and leads Tatum to the far away jungle terrain where Bullocks’ Loretta Sage is being held. Pitt’s part amounts to an extended cameo, and every second is brilliant fun.

The movie stays on a consistently light wavelength even when death and sudden violence occurs. That jokey mentality assures the audience that the movie will not take things too seriously, and that relaxed-yet-antic attitude translates into fairly amusing banter with our leads.

The movie does a good job of spacing out its comic set pieces and keeping things moving for its hour and a half runtime. Despite the seemingly endless praise, there are storylines in the film that feel underplayed or forgotten until they’re called upon for moments that don’t feel earned.

Radcliffe tries his best, but the writing and his performance as the petulant baddie holds back the film, and you’re left wondering what a Kieran Culkin, Pedro Pascal, or even newcomer Antony Starr would’ve been able to achieve in the role.

The Lost City is a movie that delivers exactly the kind of experience it advertises, and fans of its two movie stars will not be disappointed by the 90 minutes spent in the cinema. If Paramount is paying close attention, the Pitt-character spinoff is already in the works.

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Founder, Awards Editor

Byron is the Awards Editor and Founder of Awards Focus, in addition to being a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's Behind the Slate Screening Series for Emmy and Oscar nominees, The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series, The Hollywood Music and Media Academy FYC Series, and Emmy & Oscar panels for Society of Lyricists and Composers.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, Lovecraft Country & The White Lotus; and the Apple TV + hit series Ted Lasso.

In February of 2020, Byron hosted and organized the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

Byron is also a patent holding inventor, screenwriter, and songwriter (X-Men Apocalypse) in addition to being a proud member of The Society of Lyricists & Composers and BMI.

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