• by Wes Singleton

The Lost City -B

Rated PG-13, 105 minutes

After a winter of serious superheroes and earnest dramas, the fun, breezy comedy adventure "The Lost City" ushers in spring, bringing with it two game A-listers in Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, whose charming chemistry lifts it past the predictability of its script.

Reclusive author Loretta Sage (Bullock) writes about exotic places in her popular adventure novels that feature a handsome cover model named Alan (Tatum). While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire named Abigail Fairfax ("Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe, having fun) who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city's lost treasure from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her.

The likable “The Lost City" is the romantic comedy adventure we've been needing for awhile now. Audiences, weary from the ongoing pandemic, are clamoring to get out and enjoy themselves, and this could help. Directed by filmmaker brothers Adam and Aaron Nee and co-written by the Nee's along with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, this is something where the two leads' appeal and basic set up take center stage over its shallow plot, involving some nonsense about finding a lost treasure in the jungle.

As a matter of fact, this looks awfully like the 1980's adventure films "Romancing the Stone" that starred popular actors of the day, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito (as a side note, if you want to see a recent Douglas-Turner reunion, watch the latest season of Douglas' "The Kominsky Method" on Netflix). Oscar-winner Bullock is a skilled comedienne, while it continues to build on the awkward, comedic charm of Tatum, who is genuinely funny as the male cover model fighting leaches and eczema to save his literary creator.

A hammy Radcliffe chews on scenery as the bad guy, much as DeVito did in "Romancing the Stone," but clearly "The Lost City" was never meant to be taken that seriously. "Dolemite is My Name's" Da'Vine Joy Randolph is also fun as Bullock's agent, with "The Office's" Oscar Nunez stealing a few scenes as an eccentric cargo plane pilot. However, it's Oscar-winner Brad Pitt, seen prominently in the film's trailers, who nearly steals the film in the first act as a former CIA operative trying to save Bullock before he abruptly disappears - watch for him in a humorous end credits scene too - and he leaves just as it starts to become a Brad Pitt film, which this isn't supposed to be.

There's a lot silliness and jungle wandering, especially in the last act, leading up to a pretty big anti-climax, making "The Lost City" as predictable as it is fun, but Bullock and Tatum, who get along fairly well, make the film an easy, entertaining watch. It's all harmless fun and a perfect vehicle for its appealing leads, who could easily do many more of these together.