Land of the Lost fun in short bursts

Deliberately hokey sets and special effects makes for an unassuming take on Saturday morning TV.

The root of Land of the Lost's charm is also the limit of its appeal. Against the stone-faced big summer blockbusters (most exemplified by the zero-fun Terminator Salvation), this adaptation of the camp mid-'70s series has deliberately hokey sets and special effects. This makes for an unassuming take on Saturday morning TV---a light retro distraction, but never more than that. Surrounded by dinosaurs, Will Ferrell does less mugging than ever as disgraced scientist Rick Marshall. When his invention of a Tachyon amplifier surprisingly works, his excitement is tampered when he finds himself in a parallel universe contending with aliens and running from a T-rex. Ferrell and co-stars Anna Friel and Danny McBride are lively as the dim human trio. Their adventure is episodic---fun in short bursts, but one may feel awkward watching it after noon and without a complimentary bowl of Froot Loops.

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