Mr. Movie

'Land of the Lost' should stay that way

Regular readers know I am not a Will Ferrell fan.

A career now bordering on superstardom blows my mind. While I’ll admit Ferrell is likable, his acting is limited to one note and he has lousy comic timing and no ad-libbing skills.

-- Times, theaters.

-- Read The Critic of Pure Reason's review.

I was, however, intrigued when producers Sid and Marty Krofft and their partners cast Ferrell as Dr. Rick Marshall in a satirical redo of their legendary Land of the Lost.

Its bad sets, bad acting and awful weekly plots haunted Saturday morning TV from 1974 to 1976. This seems like a good fit. A mediocre comedian featured in a parody of what some believe is the worst Saturday morning kiddie show in history.

In the updated spoof, Marshall is a loser inventor who develops a machine to send you sideways in time. Anna Friel’s Holly Cantwell convinces Marshall to test his theory. In a tourist trap cave, the two -- with their cave guide, Danny McBride’s Will Stanton -- get sucked into a vortex and wind up in land that doubles as a lost and found for every awful movie and TV concept in history.

An idea that should prompt a dozen really funny scenes doesn’t. Though Friel and McBride (Pineapple Express) have a blast with their characters and the effects are decent, Ferrell’s monotone and monotonous Marshall suck the life out of them.

This time, the ruination of a movie is not his fault. A non-funny screenplay from TV writers Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas and the pompous production of director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) undermine the so-called comedian and his co-stars.

It proves that The Land of the Lost should have stayed that way.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, some sexual content. It opens Friday, June 5 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.