The Lost City stars one of Corner of Film’s most underrated actors and one of our most overrated actors (Daniel Radcliffe and Sandra Bullock, respectively), making it an interesting cocktail of talent. An romantic comedy action-adventure, The Lost City appears to bite off rather more than a film of its caliber can traditionally chew – previous attempts to fuse rom-coms with other genres have met with mixed results, at best.

However, The Lost City is genuine fun from its first scene. With regards to its visual presentation, it ticks all the correct boxes, particularly once its action begins. However, it’s in the comedic aspects that the film really shines, with its core trio of Bullock, Tatum, and Radcliffe all delivering genuinely funny moments and excellent chemistry.

Here at Corner of Film, we love Daniel Radcliffe. It’s no secret that he’s an incredibly versatile and talented actor, and The Lost City is yet another feather in his cap: he can play smarmy, cartoonishly unhinged villains as well as just about everything else. However, the film really belongs to Tatum and Bullock, as its their chemistry that really keeps the film afloat, delivering solidly consistent comedy throughout with their excellent back and forth. Tatum in particular is on form, delivering once more with his unique ability to use humor to create an every-man image, despite his chiselled good looks and unrealistically sculpted muscles.

Bullock’s character is less sympathetic, and The Lost City‘s story is all hers. Across its short runtime, her character, Loretta Sage, embarks on a journey of personal growth and development that is consistent and believable, helping the film feel credible even at its most ridiculous.

Naturally, as with most romantic comedies (or action-adventure films, come to think of it), there are a number of ridiculous moments that require the suspension of disbelief. Though the film’s story has undeniable romantic overtones, its real strength lies in its strength as a comedy, thanks mostly to Tatum’s efforts.

Though its story is generally unoriginal and thoroughly predictable, The Lost City manages to hit all the expected notes and a few more, with a number of genuine (and unexpected) laughs thrown in for good measure. While there are certain characters that simply don’t land at all (the tone-deaf racial stereotype and Loretta’s literary agent, Beth, spring to mind), it’s a lighthearted comedy that doesn’t require a lot of thought. It’s hardly high art but its thoroughly entertaining, and though its predictable, it manages to use its assets to great effect.

Rating: 65%

Summary: With a number of genuine laughs and fun, carefree performances from its leads, The Lost City manages to overcome its lack of originality to deliver something worth watching.

Highlights: Daniel Radcliffe as a morally unburdened billionaire is a refreshing change of pace, and Channing Tatum’s ability to amuse keeps the film’s comedic wheels well greased.