Sunday, July 05, 2009

MOVIE: The Lost City

I'm not a fan of Andy Garcia. And I'm not usually a fan of movies where the director (Andy Garcia) is also the lead actor (Andy Garcia.) But I am pleasantly surprised to admit that I am a fan of The Lost City

It is a story about Cuba, set in the 1950s, as it violently makes the transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the Marxist government of Fidel Castro.

The chief protagonist, Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia,) is a lecherous, freedom-loving night club owner who finds himself in direct conflict with not only Castro, but also a berret-wearing Ernesto 'Che' Guevarra. His entire life, from his parents to his wife, to his club, are affected. Eventually he finds his way to America and tries to start from scratch.

There are also several interesting scenes with The Writer (Bill Murray!) as well as a couple of enjoyable appearances by Dustin Hoffman. Both actors did a great job and contibuted enormously to my enjoyment of the film.

The writing was surprisingly good. The acting was great, possibly award-winning. The plot kept me intrigued throughout the whole movie. But the pacing dragged in a few places. And I'm not sure if the ending was appropriate to the scope of the rest of the show. It felt a little stilted and anti-climatic. But overall I'm glad I gave it a try.

I think The Lost City would make for a good date flick on a slow night. The kids would be bored silly. But it is certainly worth a rental, even for folks that dislike Andy Garcia.

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