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22 February 2009 @ 04:07 pm
Land of the Lost - dreams of childhood, dashed  
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Imagine this: it's 1978, you're a Trekkie, and you've just learned that, after a decade off the air, they're making a movie of Star Trek.

Starring Jerry Lewis as Captain Kirk.

Punch in the gut, right?

That's how I felt when I saw the trailer for the new Land of the Lost movie starring Will Ferrell. Oh. My. God.

Okay, Land of the Lost was a dopey 1970s Saturday morning TV show. But it was good, dammit. They had scripts by Larry Niven, Theodore Sturgeon, Ben Bova, and David Gerrold, which introduced concepts like time loops and closed universes to what had, I'm sure, originally been intended as an unexceptional kids' show with dinosaurs. Remaking it as a stupidity-comedy with the star of Elf and Anchorman and Blades of Glory is... well, it's like a bad, bad movie of a fondly remembered book. Yes, the book is still there, but the movie swamps it in the public consciousness and poisons one's memories.

Feh, I say. Feh and feh.

(Footnote: Yes, I liked Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction. But the trailer for Land of the Lost makes clear that this is not, shall we say, a film in that mode.)

(Footnote 2: For more information on the real Land of the Lost:
http://www.landofthelost.com/faq.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_Lost_(1974_TV_series))

 
 
 
biomekanicbiomekanic on February 23rd, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Yet another "reimaging" that makes it hard for me to stay a Quaker.
coreoliscuriositist on February 23rd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Yes, this remake makes me cry.
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 23rd, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
I must confess that I haven't seen one lately and, like Podkayne, it might disappoint if I did. But still! Will Freaking Ferrell? Don't stomp on my cherished childhood memories like that!
Jim Rittenhousejrittenhouse on February 23rd, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
A slightly belated happy birthday!
Elizabeth Colemancriada on February 23rd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Last night I caught MTV Spoilers (hey, Wil Wheaton was on it) and they actually had a survey asking what tv show Will Farrell should bring to the big screen next: Full House or Cheers. I'd say Full House, since, hey, it was a lousy show to begin with.
Eleri Hamiltoneleri on February 23rd, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
that were my reaction, too.
jeffsoesbe: bruce willisjeffsoesbe on February 23rd, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
I'm expecting plenty of overdone camera mugging by Will Ferrell and multiple dinosaur fart jokes.

- yeff
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 23rd, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Dinosaur farts? Nothing so sophisticated. I'm expecting dinosaur diarrhea!
jeffsoesbe: bald guy screamingjeffsoesbe on February 23rd, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Followed by severe Will Farrell mugging and choke-gagging...
beamjockeybeamjockey on February 23rd, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
To take your mind off this desecration, I recommend you rent the movie version of The Avengers.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 23rd, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be the same for me, as I never saw the original Avengers for some reason.
beamjockeybeamjockey on February 23rd, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
The bad news is that they made a really terrible movie out of the series, decades after it went off the air, using actors who had none of the chemistry of the original cast.

The good news is that, during your old age, you can look forward to watching the BEST TV SERIES OF ALL TIME. (I speak, of course, of the Diana Rigg years.)