So, "Land of The Lost" is the first official outright BOMB of the Summer... huge, huge dissapointment at the boxoffice. Having seen it, I'm honestly not surprised. It's a huge mess, fundamentally inconsequential and aimed at a shockingly miniscule niche of an audience... that's a recipe for a non-starter if I ever heard one.
Strange, too, since you'd think this would be a slam dunk: The original Sid & Marty Kroft TV show it was based on is the definition of a fondly-remembered kiddie show that just does NOT "hold up" now, but it was a success in it's day and is remembered by it's now-grown young fans based more on what it COULD have been rather that what it was. Here was a series that pakced youth-oriented survival-adventure, time-travel, pulpy scifi, dinosaurs, monsters and oddball ancient mysteries into a story that could easily make for a big fun family "genre" film perfect for summer... a kid-friendly self-contained cousin to "Lost."
The film, though, goes in the opposite direction: Rather than revamping the franchise for a new generation of the youngin's it was aimed at in the first place, it's set up as a self-aware parody of the original show aimed at 30-somethings who recall the original with ironic fondness.
As it stands, what winds up onscreen is a collection of comedy sketches spoofing the sillier parts of the show, with Will Ferrel, Anna Friel and Danny McBride engaging in longform stream-of-consciousness banter amid dinosaurs, lizard-men and whatever. In terms of tone, think "Robot Chicken" - only not very funny and stretched out from a quick 15 minutes to an interminable feature-length.
Taken on their own, a couple of the jokes are funny and the cast has an easygoing chemistry, but they can't overcome a "screenplay" thay overdoses on the laziest form of comedy filammking: The main cast just standing around going back and forth about nonsense to advance the plot. It even resorts to a "drug tripping" sequence, and I'm legitimately SHOCKED at how often I checked my watch during an endless scene of Ferrell engaging in slapstick with a jug of dinosaur urine.
There's really no reason for anyone to go see this. A night at the movies for this will run you about 20 bucks, a night at home with some youtube clips of the show and a case of bear will cost a lot less and will give you EXACTLY the same effect.