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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
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IT'S SKY CAPTAIN TO THE RESCUE IN THIS HIGH-FLYING ADVENTUREWHERE HE MUST TEAM UP WITH INTREPID REPORTER POLLY PERKINS &CAPTAIN FRANKY COOK TO STOP THE EVIL DR TOTENKOPF FROM CARRYING OUT HIS PLAN TO DESTROY THE WORLD!
While setting a milestone in the progress of digital filmmaking, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow resurrects a nostalgic fantasy world derived from a wide variety of vintage inspirations. It's a dazzling dream for anyone who appreciates the look and feel of golden-age sci-fi pulp magazines, drawing its unique, all-digital design from such diverse sources as Howard Hawks adventures, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Buck Rogers, Blackhawk comics, The Third Man, cliffhanger serials, and the action-packed Indiana Jones franchise. Writer-director Kerry Conran's feature debut is also guaranteed to inspire digital dreamers everywhere, suggesting a paradigm shift in the way CGI-dominated movies are made. It's a giddy adventure for the young and young-at-heart, in which ace pilot "Sky Captain" Joe Sullivan (Jude Law) and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) must save the world from a mad scientist whose vision of the future has tragic implications for all humankind. Angelina Jolie drops in for a glorified cameo, but it's the ultra-fortunate neophyte Conran who's the star here. His clever riff on The Wizard of Oz is a marvel to behold, and the method of its creation is nothing less than revolutionary. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Considering the ponderous and detailed effort that went into this film (the actors worked with blue screens, and almost literally everything else is special effects) it's amazing that it's also light on its feet enough to include humour and not take itself too seriously. Even the main villain is generated from images of Sir Laurence Olivier (dead since 1989, raising mildly troubling ethical questions). And it all done on a lower budget than you'd expect, though if the film has one major flaw it's probably a bit too much going on, so that eye has too much to take in. Just because you can animate three hundred enemy ships doesn't actually mean you should. Jude Law and Gywneth Paltrow are well cast because they look as though they could belong to the late thirties when the film appears to be set.
Roger Ebert talks about the "gee-whiz vigor" old serial adventures had, a "naive faith in science and pluck," and that's certainly to be found in Sky Captain. Sure, it's a little incongruous to see 1938 fighter planes going up against giant robots. And in a film where the characters say the "First World War" when the second one hasn't happened yet (they'd be saying the "Great War" probably) it's far too easy to get into nitpicking and miss the point. And the point, by the way, is the sheer fun of it. I fell for this film the moment I realised the giant robot beams had the same sound effect that was used in the 1953 War of the Worlds.
This was a great hommage to 50's Sci-Fi movies.
Seems that somewhere towards the end of the last war a brilliant scientist with a vision disappeared and the whole Group 11 project was disbanded. Today top scientists are going missing and it is up to Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) reporter-photographer to find the reason. Mean while it looks as though a destructive minus is ravaging the city (looking for something) and the only person capable of foiling the evil plot is, you guessed it, Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law, of "GATTACA" fame).
Eventually Joe runs out of gas and only Franky (Angelina Jolie) can save him if there is time. Meanwhile Polly finds that her camera has only two shots left; can she make the best of them?
How can this daring duo and their pals foil the nefarious plot that may prove fatal to the world as we know it?
Sky Captain attempts the same. Using a bold approach with CGI effects (which, alas, will look terribly dated in no time at all), it wants to recreate those sci-fi serials, with a cue to the more serious work of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis". The casting is spot-on (both Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow easily pass as 1940s stars of the silver screen), and the design is beautiful (especially the sequences in New York City), and everyone tries their best.
Unfortunately, it all comes off as too lightweight. Raiders, Star Wars, and the recent King Kong were a lot of fun, but they always took their subject matter seriously. You became lost in their worlds. Throughout Sky Captain it never seemed anything more than a clever parody of an old film. Which is too bad. The film is fun, and its heart is definitely in the right place. It has a unique look. But somehow it is forgettable fluff. Which is okay - but I think this movie is just a nudge away from being truly great. I look forward to what this director does next.
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This is one of my other si-fi favorite movie, I like it cause the first 20 minutes look like a superman comic of the 30s I love this movie from the begening to the end. thank'sPublished 19 months ago by Rick
A good movie, however it was filmed with strange lenses and is not sharp and clear.
Heavy into computer generated scenes.
Stiil a good movie. Very heavy into the 1930's.
The order was place late yet it was received well in time as a gift for my son at Christmas to go with a blueray player.Published on March 10 2013 by Cliffardo
I can appreciate what the filmmakers tried to do here - pay tribute to those pulp comic books and campy sci-fi films of the Golden Era (which I love, by the way) while also trying... Read morePublished on July 10 2006 by Daniel Jolley