June 5, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST
It would be bad
June 5, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
i was amazed at just how much it tried to tackle some heavy sci-fi philosophy..however mixing it with the sappy elements and the limiting effects is what makes it camp. i understand now that without those two 'negatives' though, it could have been a really heavy frightening show. I mean, Dad and Will finding alterbate universe versions of themselves fused into a rock wall... they figure out how to set them free but readily admit they don't know if they have released them, or killed them...and so the just have a little sappy 'guess we'll never know son' kodak moment. crazy shit.<P>that said, this is another sort of apologetic review. better than harry's, but it seems like you guys are really guarding your opinions here, and i can't put my fingers on why.
June 5, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST
June 5, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST
BUT Will Ferrel is still pretty funny. And I agree-I too thought Kicking and Screaming wasn't that good(although it DID have SOME funny moments)..but STEP BROTHERS was BALLS-OUT funny.I LOVE that film,and he got an approval boost big-time(from me naturally)..after i saw that film.his looks sorta shitty(land of the lost)-but im dying for anchorman 2(WHENEVER that rolls round)
June 5, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST
that for kids of this gen, their first, and probably only experience, with land of the lost, will be this film<p> yes, the original was done on the cheap, but the krofts had so much respect for kids, that they went out and hired A list sci fi writers for the show<p> im glad that the krofts continue to make money off their creations...im sorry that hollywood doesnt see more potential in them, other than cheap laughs
June 5, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST
LOTL the show wrote the sci-fi in such a way kids could grasp it. i'm still amazed at what they treated so casually...time loops, alternate universes, god-like alien tricksters...but by the point they had established the weirdness, non of it seemed out of place. <P>so it is a little upsetting to hear how sexually frustrated this movie is. like it's almost a cosplay fantasy loosely based on the series. we've all seen evidence of porn based on popular series, characters, cartoons, etc..with results from the lighthearted to the sick and twisted....but at no time watching LOTL would i ever think to turn it into a sex comedy. i guess the only reasons the characters were tweaked was so that the jokes wouldn't be incestuous....looking back, i've seen a ton of children's programming over the years that had strange and obvious subtexts (plushies and furries, homosexuality, etc) that were even noticeable to me as a kid...but i just never saw anything in land of the lost that would bring about so much sex and poop humor. it's too bad an opportunity to have a good NERDY science comedy was passed up, and i'm really surprised they are going so easy on that here. ch-ching indeed.
I liked the early 90's version of Land of the Lost much better. It was still goofy, but with more modernish effects at the time and the Sleeztacks looks WAY more credible. And it had a cavewoman chick running around in a bikini. Every episode.
June 5, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST
the daughter was annoying as hell though...and what was the chaka ripoffs name? Stink? totally forgot about the cave babe...how is that possible?
June 5, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST
June 5, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST
I mean I know scenes on the big screen in general are better, but I'm with you on the reaction when they brought in Ferrell. And to those who say Ferrell is funny, no one's really denying that, but like Stiller, like Vaughn, like so many comedians, they have become one trick ponies. Answer me this, IS there a scene where Ferrell leans down and says to a creature "Hey, what's wrong little fell-" creature eats his face. COME ON how many more times MUST we see that? Like I want to see The Hangover, but I got disappointed by the stupid scene I saw where kids tazer the guy, wait for it, IN THE BALLS - YEAH NEVER SAW THAT COMING DID YA! Lol! (sigh) Okay, carry on.
June 5, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST
IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE IT..NOT GOING IN WITH HIGH HOPES..HEY HAVE YOU ALL CHECKED OUT A WEB SITE CALLED ALLMOVIENEWS.NET,GOOD WRITING,SHITTY LOOKING SITE.BUT HE TALK'S ABOUT SCARFACE 2 SON OF TONY.
June 5, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST
Every time I develop a glimmer of hope for humanity, Will Ferrell makes another movie.
June 5, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
and that needs to be an important element in reshaping what we define as worthy cinema in these times where we really have to decide- do i want to see a movie- or do i want to eat for two days? is there anything about this flick that merits a view on the big screen? probably not. of the two reviews so far, none have mentioned one. no awe. no grandeur. so it sounds like a on demand rental to me. or even wait until it's playing on cable 5 times a day in a couple months. really. so what is hollywood's next plan for keeping the public going to movies while their incomes decline? 3D. and i'm really surprised this wasn't in 3D.
June 5, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST
Because the writers of Star Trek needed jobs.<p>Hell, even David Gerrold was the story editor for the first season. Walter Koenig also wrote a story. Most of the writers are Trek Vets.
June 5, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST
Maybe 3D would make the Show-interest-in-an-animal-so-it-can-attack-your-head joke. <p> No, I suppose not.
June 5, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST
June 5, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST
no shit...if you watch the previews, it looks like a dumb kids movie. I can't believe so many of the "adults" here are going to go see it...well grownups with childish minds are not uncommon. Not bashing Massa's review...he's my favorite reviewer on here but his standards dropped a bit with this one.
June 5, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST
But will would watch it at times, since I am the enternal - however cranky - kid, even now as a dad. But I liked Electro-woman and Dyna Girl better - had the hots for both of them, being a young teen boy.
June 5, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST
if it's not the concern for animals turning into facial attacks, it's the babytalk to babies and getting the projectile vom or piss. same exact gag, different scenerios. hell, they've based entire movies on each.
June 5, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST
talking about the 70s TV series...I fucking loved that show, but tried to watch a few on DVD and they are horrid...terrible acting, poor effects, etc. etc. But once gain Sesame Street is tough to watch now too...it was a great kids show, but nothing more than that...I'll pass on this movie for sure.
June 5, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST
Amen, about those gags. <p> as far as TV, I had the same problem with A-Team. Lol, I couldn't believe I was so into that show. I . . . felt ashamed. Ah, "Through the Eyes of a Child." (for like 20 bucks!)
June 5, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST
in every other episode never gets old....<P>Face: hey B.A, drink this glass of milk. "okay fool"-passes out.
June 5, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST
June 5, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST
Now let's all sing the trash bags song with Murdock!
June 5, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST
naw you fools, i aint eaten your drugged food no more i- (takes gun butt to back of head)
June 5, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST
Were his parents specifcally trying to get him made fun of in school? Anyway, this is pretty much what I was expecting. Didn't look like anything great, and like every other Will Ferrell movie, I have no problem waiting until HBO.
June 5, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST
you knwo you want it! <p> Hannibal "Face, you look like you've just seen a ghost." <p> "In fact I may have. But my brother was killed on Vulcan . . ."
June 5, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST
I know I was using Star Trek V as the bridge.
June 5, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
by Cellar Door
When he moves beyond pure slapstick is quite able to pull off probably much more than we'd be prone to believe but is it me or are the jokes just re-cycled over and over and over and even when you think it's done...it's starts all over again.<p>The mosquito thing sucking blood as he turns gray and gets sleepy...outside of context, how is that any different than shooting himself in the neck with that tranq gun in that fraternity movie? The scenes play exactly the same...people watching as he slowly passes out and falls. Are the contextual differences enough to actually make it a different joke? Methinks, no.<p>But yes, put him in a comedy-drama or something that's not just a dumbass wannabe old school SNL crewed comedy (Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack, etc) and he's got range. It would be nice if someone would give the guy some more serious but still comedic fare.<p>But even then...as long as the 'arrogant self-important dumbass in some variation of a sports movie' endless march ends, how bad could it be?
June 5, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST
I think. Unfortunately audiences like to stay in the comfort zone. <p> I remember people coming out of Dead Poet's Society disappointed because it wasn't funny enough. Really, people? After the first hour you hadn't realized it wasn't a comedy? Wowzers!
June 5, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST
"Every time I develop a glimmer of hope for humanity, Will Ferrell makes another movie." *LOL* That seriously needs to be made into a bumpersticker.
June 5, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I generally avoid movies that star guys who come from either standup or sketch shows. They rarely lose that comedian stink. You know, that whole vibe they give off that they really desperately need attention and to be liked?<br><br>Obviously there's some guys like Eric Bana who break out of it, but most of them just stay in that please-love-me zone and never fully commit to playing characters.
June 5, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST
by Han Cholo
Then you'll know you have a great summer film.
June 5, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
There, I just saved you ten bucks.
June 5, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
What the fuck is up with the dinosaur ass-raping the ewe?
June 5, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST
by Cellar Door
And stink is a good word I think. Robin Williams...who is often quite hilarious has this tendency to never ever shut off. It's as if he's become a part of his own audience and the show must go on and on and on and on and on.<p>Carrey is the same but give the guy some credit for attempting to get out of that stink even if it wasn't exactly successful. Plus, nothing Ferrel and guys like have ever done can compare to Pet Detective (the first one).<p>But your description is exactly right...its like they have to keep pushing that 'schtick' to such an extent that you want to kill them. One perfect example is Tom Green. Andy Dick is another. Robin Williams, tragically, is another. Ferrell obviously has some talent as the Bush on Broadway thing he did was quite funny and that's pure Ferrell so far as I know. But every movie he does is like an old "Ad libs" joke book. Except in stead of verbs, nouns, and adjectives, you add _____ sport, _____ nudity, ______ screaming and yelling, ______ more nudity, etc...<p>But then he pulls a hilarious turn on East Bound and Down, etc, etc...
June 5, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST
June 5, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST
Your reviews are hard to pin down, on one side heaping praise upon a film and then completely slamming it for not getting you off. This movie is fuckin' hilarious. <P> Did you actually think this movie was more adventure and less comedy? <P> I want a Grumpy t-shirt right now.
June 5, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST
June 5, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST
i just think he is funny. hated the ice skating movie and the basketball movie, but the rest i like.
June 5, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST
are you fucking high? even when i saw it as a kid, i knew it was cheesy, campy stupidity. I find it hilarious that some geeks here are up in arms over this movie not properly respecting the source.
June 5, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST
This looks bad on an unimaginable scale.
June 6, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST
by Orbots Commander
I think I read that it only made about $7 Million for a Friday night. Not good for a big budget special effects movie, even if it is a comedy. Meanwhile, The Hangover is a breakout big hit.
June 6, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
June 6, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST
by ObiWan Knievel
...thy name is Spencer Milligan. If you're interested in Land of the Lost, you might want to visit my fan site with coverage of both versions of the TV series and the movie. http://personal.linkline.com/enik1138/
June 6, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST
marathon on SciFi channel this weekend.
June 6, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST
"Land of the Lost" marathon is on the Chiller channel not SciFi. I didn't know it was scary...Hmmm...
June 7, 2009, 1:08 a.m. CST
by Magnum Opus
Step Brother made me want to hate Farrel for pursuing dumbed-down comedy aimed at the lowest common denominator. That film was the opposite of intelligent comedy. Then I re-watched Zoolander and remembered just how jaw-droppingly funny WF can be, so I just can't give up on him yet.
June 7, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST
by Drunken Rage
Here's an example of the humor: Will, Chaka and Marshall get loaded on some sort of berry juice and Will asks Marshall how much $ it would cost for Marshall to french kiss Chaka. Ha! Ha ha! Goddamn this movie is awful. I haven't ever really liked Ferrell, but thought "Step-Brothers" was hilarious. But this, really, is a lot of running around and screaming. I can't remember a worse movie I've seen. Honestly.
June 7, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST
update on the weekends. now it seems like they just say fuck it and take the whole weekend off while other sites update with breaking stories and reviews. hm.
June 7, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST
as in pwesents in mind.
June 7, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST
... plain and simple. This movie is fucking retarded- it is lobotomized. Too stupid for adults, too raunchy for kids. There's actually a scene where they observe 2 sleestaks butt-fuck.. off-screen, but with color commentary. And Chaka dry-humps everyone in sight. What exactly is the point? What the fuck are they thinking? This movie makes The Cat in The Hat look like fucking Snow White. Harry and Massa can't bring themselves to totally pan it for one reason and one reason only - it's a 200 million dollar movie that's made less than 20 mil this weekend- just read it on the Times website. It is a total disaster in the making. Up is in 1st for the 2nd week (Yay there is a God), Hangover made a hair less in 2nd place, and LOTL is a distant, distant 3rd- as shit-stained as Ferrell's shirt after the Dino shat him out - I kid you not, that's also in the movie, tho mercifully (astonishingly) off-screen.
June 8, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST
On the cheesy concept scale, LAND OF THE LOST makes BATMAN look like PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE, but THE DARK KNIGHT came out pretty well anyway. As a creative choice, doing an unfaithful, experimental comedic adaptation was retarded, especially considering the forewarning that was BEWITCHED.
June 8, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
Chaka at the volcano was the best laugh in the movie.
June 8, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Cellar Door
"Stop being such an asshole, Chaka!" is a hilarious one liner I will use and teach to my heirs.
June 8, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST
Can we call a moratorium on reviews in which Harry's 8-year-old nephew is used as the barometer for whether any given film will play to kids? Someone should help this poor boy, who is clearly being force-fed bad CGI crapfests while Harry and his cabal of goateed, thirtysomething hangers-on stare at him throughout because they've long ago lost touch with their inner children. Jeez. How long will it be before the little cretin is literate enough to where HIS reviews will start appearing on the site?