THE LOST CITY OF Z
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus McFadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Edward Ashley, Franco Nero.
Dir: James Gray.
I don't read a lot of non-fiction books but this film happens to be based on a non-fiction book that I've read and actually kind of loved. It tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett who's obsessed with finding a lost ancient city hidden deep in the Amazon rain forests he dubbed as "Z" (and disappeared along with his son). This is my favorite film of 2017 thus far. Of course, I'm a huge fan of writer-director James Gray and he made probably one of his very, very best works in this one. It is a beautifully, absorbing and absolutely compelling character study of a man obsessed. Part David Lean, part Werner Herzog, it's really the kind of film that seldom gets made anymore, an adult mid-budget adventure film that doesn't go for eye candy thrills or a cheap gore fest. It is gorgeously shot with beautiful acting all around (kudos to Sienna Miller who took what could have been a nothing part and made it sing, giving a career-best performance). This will be one of the great films of 2017.
Oscar Prospects: It DESERVES Picture, Director, Actor (Hunnam), Supporting Actress (Miller), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing and Makeup & Hairstyling. It will be lucky to get in Cinematography and Makeup though.