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What’s it all about?

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Why did I want to see The Lost City of Z?

Initially I didn’t, and by that I just mean that it hadn’t been on my radar even though I’d seen trailers and so forth. We went to see it because the Book God was very keen, and when I did some background reading (OK, looked it up on Wikipedia) I became interested in the story myself, so off we went.

What did I think of it?

I was totally bowled over by this film, surprisingly so. I had reasonable expectations going in that it would be a fascinating story, but I was unprepared for how invested I became in Fawcett’s quest, the relationship with his wife (an excellent Sienna Miller) and his son (Spiderman’s Tom Holland). Charlie Hunnam is not an actor I’ve paid much attention to in the past (even though he was in two films I particularly enjoyed – Pacific Rim ( which Autocorrect has just tried to turn into Pacific Rum, another type of film altogether) and Crimson Peak) but he is really really good in this, capturing the sort of stiff upper lip derring-do while suppressing emotions which will bubble to the surface attitude which I imagine all of these explorer types to have had.

I can’ explain why I loved it so much. It was a grown up film dealing with issues of obsession and honour and comradeship. It looked absolutely beautiful and I could quite happily have watched it again immediately.

I’m not sure how much of it is based on fact; I mean, it obviously is to a certain extent but the last section is clearly supposition because we know Fawcett and his son disappeared but not really what happened to him. And since then I have read a rather mean-spirited article by someone who clearly thinks that Fawcett is not worth the attention and there are “better” explorers on whom to focus. But I don’t care. I thought this was fabulous, and you should seek it out.