Friday, June 12, 2009

Living in the Land of the Lost

My recollection of the original series Land of the Lost was mostly contained to "ugh, cartoons are over and now this stupid show is on". Even as a kid I seem to remember just how terrible it was. Which, as I have mentioned previously on this blog, makes it one of the perfect targets for a remake. There is plenty of room to improve from the source material.

The new movie starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel and Jorma Taccone is very funny. They do well with some outrageous humor. This is like the Dark Knight of PG-13 comedies. There is the one mouthed F bomb. The humor is definitely not for kids that the original show was targeted.

What some critics have been probably complaining about (haven't read any reviews but heard they were pretty bad) is that the movie is weird. Just like the TV show, there is a lot of strange things going on. Its all over the place. But if you've seen one second of the TV show you know that was the case then too.

They stay faithful to the essence of the show. Will and Holly are now grown ups, not kids. Chaka is a jerk hornball. But other than that, you get what you got. I noticed in the theatre that Mark and I were the loudest laughers (I beat everyone except my papa in the loud laugh dept). There was a lot of quiet. To be fair there weren't a lot of people there either. It was a matinee in the middle of the week. We were the first people to sit down and only a few couples came in after us.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?
Possibly. There would have to be proof of an improv reel with Danny and Will going back and forth.

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?
As long as there weren't any cartoons on.


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