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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow [Import]

Gwyneth Paltrow , Jude Law , Kerry Conran    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old is New Again Feb. 7 2005
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is without a doubt the most faithful reproduction I have seen of 1930's and 40's science fiction cinema. Director Kerry Conran not only captured the innocence of the decade but also much of the visual flare that has made retro so cool in a modern era where technology has become cold and lifeless by design. Already hailed by many as ground breaking for it's completely computer rendered back drops and special effects it's hard not to be impressed with the world Kerry and his brother have envisioned. While the CG work here is obvious it never detracts from the enjoyment of the film. One gets the feeling that Conran is aware of the limitations of the technology and that instead of shying away from it he embraces it as did the pioneers of early cinema. Jude Law is perfect here as the strong headed hero fly boy and Gwyneth Paltrow brings just the right amount of Tomboy Lois Lane charm required for her role. The script is a little stunted and the acting a little cold in places but it is all done with tongue firmly planted in cheek and on repeat viewings more of the story and minor details reveal themselves. This is the most original Sci Fi story to emerge from Hollywood in a long time and as the studios become more enraptured with the cerebral and lifeless offerings that are pouring out of production houses currently this may the last Gee Whiz film you'll see for some time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sky Captain succeeds at what it wants to do. Feb. 11 2005
I can't really understand anyone seeing a film with a title like "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and complaining it didn't have enough depth. After all, it isn't as though the old Flash Gordon serials, or whatever else inspired this, had deep philosophical discussions and incredibly subtle characters.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sky Captain barely makes it off the ground. Feb. 9 2005
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
It is unfortunate that such a movie with so much potential(see the six minute short included on the disc that was the genesis the director touted around Hollywood to get the thing made) had so little to offer when all was said and done.
The movie has a quite sumputous sepia toned look throughout,art deco buildings and even a late 30s P-40 Curtis Warhawk fighter plane complete with sharks teeth on the nose(the captains' preferred mode of transport).
However long on LOOK this movie is does NOT compensate for the stilted and see through plot that runs through this movie like so much water through a sieve.The science fiction pulp mags and 30s/40s serials that obviously inspired this movie had more depth and originality to them than this very shallow and cheap imitation.
Jude Law as the titular sky captain does as good a job as he can considering the material he has to work with and Gynneth Paltrow shows us once again why she is one of the top most wooden actresses in Hollywood today.
All in all this is one BIG disappointment;nice to look at but nothing under the hood.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fly Captain! Fly! As fast as you can! Jan. 30 2005
Why does the 'world of tomorrow' look like 1930's Art-deco? You know? The past? Nice attempt to create the feel of old crappy Hollywood serials, but it felt like there were only 5 actors (and people) in the entire film and the purposefully bad dialogue and characterization was pretty annoying after five minutes. It might have worked better if it actually seemed like the actors were in the scene when they were filmed, instead of pasted in from shots made in a broom closet. If you want cool footage of dirigibles and flying robots, go see Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky. I'm pretty sure the director did.
Actually, if the critical faculties are turned off, this really isn't a bad time waster, even if the sepia-tone makes things look out of focus instead of creating a sense of nostalgia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars besides the movie... March 24 2006
By michael
usually a special feature consists of a few intermittent seconds of interview dispersed between scenes of the movie you have already watched, or more annoying-about to watch. not sky captain. Sky captain includes a documentary behind the scenes look at production at every stage. i got the feel of the enormity of the work done on this movie, and a feel of what it might have been like if i were a part of sky captain's production team. i watched the special feature first, and appreciated the main feature much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super
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's
Published 3 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars The World of the 1930's.
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.
Published 8 months ago by Larry Sales
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
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 18 months ago by Cliffardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull art film
I am not a Jude Law fan but I have to admit he was great in this picture. If you buy this to see a Angelina Jolie movie you will be dissapointed because she only has a small role... Read more
Published on June 14 2011 by Normtheskull
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing style
Everything positive I could say about this movie has already been said by Amazon's review. It's too bad that we don't get enough sci-fi movies each year. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2009 by Denis Lemay
3.0 out of 5 stars An ""A for Effort.....even though effort starts with an "E"
Sky Captain wants to be what Star Wars and Indiana Jones were in their respective debuts. Star Wars was based on the old sci-fi serials, like "Flash Gordon", with a dash of "Lord... Read more
Published on March 15 2007 by Paul Mackinnon
2.0 out of 5 stars All style and no substance
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 more
Published on July 10 2006 by Daniel Jolley
3.0 out of 5 stars Only two shots left
This is a 2004 view of what a 1930's view of the future could look like. Most of the CGI and blue-screen overlays had to be a tad fuzzy to make the scenes work. Read more
Published on June 27 2006 by bernie
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