Mars Attacks!

1996

Action / Comedy / Sci-Fi

95
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 52%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 190574

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Natalie Portman as Taffy Dale
Pierce Brosnan as Professor Donald Kessler
Jack Nicholson as President James Dale / Art Land
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Pjtaylor-96-138044 4 / 10

A messy and unfocused attempt to lampoon '50s sci-fi without actually taking the time to properly satirise the genre.

The problems with 'Mars Attacks!' start with the star-studded yet cluttered cast-list portion of the opening credits, which clue you in to the biggest problem that ails this messy and unfocused piece - that being the fact that each character represents little more than a recurring cameo and has almost no bearing on the plot, if you can even call it that, to the point that pretty much every scene seems entirely pointless and the whole thing becomes a fruitless endeavour; it also doesn't help that there are almost no laughs at all, since the flick purports to lampoon flying-saucer science-fiction tropes in a schlocky tongue-in-cheek way and yet somehow manages to miss the mark by coming across as simply poorly conceived and campy B-movie stuff sans the satire or subversion, in an experience that can only be described as passively skittish, coming across more as a series of loosely connected one-gag sketches than an actual narrative - it's a wonder all of these top-class actors even glanced at the script for more than a couple of seconds, though no doubt a large pay-check was involved. 4/10

Reviewed by beetle-259-554148 9 / 10

Wow, this movie is bonkers...

Okay, so what do you get when you take War of the Worlds, Earth vs the Flying Saucers, Independence Day, and combine that with the mind of the director of Ed Wood, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands who grew up watching those types of movies? The result is Mars Attacks!, a sci- fi parody with an all-star cast; Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny DeVito, Jack Black, Paul Winfield, Annette Bening, Rod Steiger, Natalie Portman, Lisa Marie, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, and Jack Nicholson!!

Oh yes, this movie has stars a-plenty! This movie has more stars on Earth than you see in space!

This movie is one that you either love or hate. I love it! Though there are reasons why I rated it 9 stars rather than 10. One reason is because a lot of the characters I wanted to see live don't survive. Hell, one of my favourite characters dies very early on.

If this was another movie, the dated CG would've made me dock another star. But for the type of movie it is and for the genre it's spoofing, the now-poor CG works. In the '50s and '60s alien invader films that this makes fun of, the effects were dated in 1996 (strings visible that hold up the saucers, aliens obviously people in suits, etc). As a result, the effects in here being dated now unintentionally harks back to the dated effects of the '50s and '60s.

One very interesting scene is when one of the buildings in Vegas is destroyed. In real life, that building was actually scheduled to be demolished! Tim Burton got permission to film the demolition of the Landmark Hotel and Casino from multiple angles and it's demolition was used in the film so when you it destroyed in the movie, it was actually destroyed (though no one was actually inside.).

My mom told me that she saw this in the theatre and that it was the most terrifying movie she'd ever seen. Goes to show that Mars Attacks! isn't for everyone.

So if you like Tim Burton, alien invader films, sci-fi comedies or even all three, definitely give this film a watch.

Also, keep an eye out for the meat packing tycoon from Ed Wood, one of Burton's earlier films. He plays an investor in this film too.

Reviewed by dandbone 10 / 10

Best sci-fi comedy I've ever watched

The movie is about Martians invading the Earth. The reason is unclear, but as the movie progresses, it turns out they are purging the planet of everything uncool. By uncool I mean redneck soldiers, politicians, generals, fashion, sex addicts, trailer park dwellers, crooks, scientists, journalists and lawyers. In the end, uncoolness becomes a weapon against the aliens.

There is a subtext in the movie, that civilization itself is uncool and maybe we should return to simpler times when men used to live in tepees.

There are lots of great jokes in the movies, and some of them aren't exactly obvious. My favorite is the one with the hydrogen fusion and the laughing gas.

There are lots of characters, most of them being stereotypes. That is actually not a bad thing, and many of the jokes derive from these characters and their perception of the alien invasion. There are lots of A-list actors in the movie and, though they each have little screen time, they make their characters unforgettable.

I wish that Hollywood would make more movies like this, instead of sinking hundreds of millions on Avatar and other Muppet shows.

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