As a youngster, I watched the original Land of the Lost television series on Saturday mornings. It wasn’t my favorite show, but I did manage to catch it every time I could. A few years ago, I purchased the entire TV series on DVD and watched all the episodes in order, which I had not done when it was originally on.
The movie remake stars Will Farrell as Dr. Rick Marshall, Anna Friel as Holly Cantrell and Danny McBride as Will Stanton. The plot involves a disgraced scientist (Ferrell) promoting his wacky scientific theories on Matt Lauer’s TV show. Later, Marshall’s theories prove correct and he and Holly and Will are transported into the Land of the Lost. There they meet many familiar characters: Sleestak, Enik the head sleestak, Grumpy the perpetually PO’d tyrannosaurus rex and Chaka, a monkey-like humanoid. The plotting is almost non-existent as the trio faces many challenges in escaping the Land of the Lost. It’s almost a series of random comedy sketches ultimately leading the the trio’s escape.
The movie is campy, silly and has many inside jokes that only those who have seen the original series will appreciate. There are lots of sight gags and gross-out humor and is very funny, especially for those who have seen the TV series. This is definitely not a children’s movie, and I think it suffered at the box office as many thought it was. The movie does use the source material for laughs but never in a mean-spirited way. Really, it is a touching homage to the original TV series.
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Worth a look if you like campy, gross out humor or are a fan of Will Ferrell.
Skip it if you haven’t seen the original TV series or low-brow humor is not your thing.
MDE’s Self-Appointed Movie Critic