Land of the Lost (2009)
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Dennis McNicholas, Chris Henchy, Marty Krofft, Sid Krofft
Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone, Eve Mauro, Pollyanna McIntosh, Michael Papajohn, Logan Manus, Shane Baumel, Mousa Kraish, John Boylan, Douglas Tait, Landon Ashworth, Taylor Lyn, Kristina Krofft, Tim Soergel, Patrick Manuel, Scott Dorel, Dre Bowie, Todd Christian Hunter, Raymond Ochoa, Jon Kent Ethridge, Kenny Jackson, Ana Alexander, Darren Kendrick, Seth Bauer, Darren Kendrick, T.S. Clark, Kyle Derek, Matt Kavanaugh, Tommy Ruddell, Marti Matulis, Sean Michael Guess, Terence Leclere, Kyle Weishaar, David Craig, Frederick Keeve, Amyrh Harris, Nathan Luginbill, Ben Hansen, Nathan Udall, Andreas Anderson, Joe Rodriguez, Joey Zadwarney, David Szabo, Christian Pogorzelski, Shane Huseman, Danko Iordanov
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It's Got Will Ferrell
No matter how much money you put in it, defecation will always be defecation.
LAND of the LOST, the big-budget remake of a so-so children Saturday Morning live-action fantasy show was passable at best when it was catering to the nine-year-old in us. It had passable special effects - for it's time and its audience, and a passable continuing story line - for it's time and its audience. It ran from 1974–1976, then was re-done from 1991-1992. For it's time, it was ranked Number One for Saturday Morning programming and enjoyed a very successful syndication run in the 80's.
Then Will Ferrell got a hold of it.
LAND of the LOST - the movie, has none of the charm, or the innocence of the TV series. The TV series had an innocent charm - this does not.
Ferrell plays Dr. Rick Marshall, a disgraced scientist who was ridiculed for his theories on time warps and tachyons. He meets a kindred spirit and a fan, Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel whose work up to now has been TV and some movie work), who convinces Marshall to finish his work and build his tachyon amplifier and enable time warp travel. They both travel to Devil's Cave, the site of is original discovery, where they meet Will Stanton (Danny McBride, the pyrotechnics guy from TROPICAL THUNDER). The tachyon amplifier is activated, then promptly lost, leaving the three stranded in the prehistoric past.
From this time on, it's the Will Ferrell Show, chewing up as much scenery as he possibly can, becoming increasingly unfunny with each shtick. The comment in the first sentence comes disgustingly to fruition, as Ferrell literally becomes what every critic has claimed him to be.
The cheesy special effects, cute and charming thirty years ago, are just cheesy here. Using the same small-budget effects best suited for a Saturday Morning TV kiddie program show up really, really bad in wide-screen distribution and Dolby Sound. Doing a remake of a mediocre kiddie show was a bad idea. Putting Ferrell in a remake of a mediocre kiddie show - well, there was a line Wallace Shawn says to Chevy Chase in VEGAS VACATION: "Here's an idea: Why don't you give me half the money your were gonna to bet, then we'll go out back, I'll kick you in the nuts, and we'll call it a day!"
Prophetic words that pretty much sums up this movie experience.
It was up for several awards, though - including six 2010 Golden Raspberries nominations and one win for Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.
I was lukewarm to the show when it aired thirty years ago (I was twenty at the time). That, coupled with Will Ferrell, kept me out of the theater when it was showing.
Watching it on cable, I still felt ripped off.
Ferrell actually has had better luck doing non-comedic pieces where a director had his boot on his neck, keeping Ferrell under check But please, please, PLEASE keep this man away from television remakes!
On my new rating scale of with 5 being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and 0 being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie rates a "0." We should all be able to do what Stewie Griffin did in an episode of FAMILY GUY after seeing the movie version of BEWITCHED. Travel to Will Ferrell's house and punch him in the face. Wishful thinking, that...
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Jun 6, 2010 6:31 AM
|I would never watch a film with Will Ferrell in it anymore, hes on my "most hated" list!|
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