THE LOST CITY OF Z (M)
It is amazing that Hollywood waited so long to take a crack at the fascinating true story of early 20th century cartographer Percy Fawcett. Traditionalist film fans who know a genuine old-school epic when they see one will want to be all over this surprisingly soulful adventure flick. An impeccably crafted production charts a series of expeditions into the Amazon jungle that ultimately became a lifelong quest for Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam). These punishing journeys — complete with unscheduled interruptions from angry tribesmen, angry piranha and hungry fellow explorers — take a permanent toll on Fawcett, who thinks he is charting a route towards evidence of a lost civilisation that will change the course of history. The pacing of this thoughtful and intelligent movie takes a little getting used to, but soon wins you over with its dreamlike capacity to get inside the head of Fawcett (thought to be a key inspiration in the creation of Indiana Jones).