Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

2004

Action / Adventure / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

79
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 72%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 46%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 77338

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Angelina Jolie as Franky
Jude Law as Sky Captain
Gwyneth Paltrow as Polly Perkins
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Reviewed by gftbiloxi 7 / 10

Fascinating Visuals in CGI Homage to Classic Serial Cinema

Computer generated special effects have been around for quite some time now, and often questionably so, but they come into their own with Kerry Conran's SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW--an innovative film that failed in theatrical release but which now makes a big splash in the home market. And whether you love it or hate it, SKY CAPTAIN is likely to cast a very long shadow indeed.

As a concept, the film seems to be based on the popular serials of the 1930s and 1940s. This is not limited to the use of an improbable plot fueled by special effects and cliffhanger action sequences, but it extends to the dialogue and characters as well, all of which are typical of such celebrated serials as BUCK ROGERS, CAPTAIN MARVEL, SPY SMASHER, and THE CRIMSON GHOST. The film also draws specific plot elements from such diverse sources as KING KONG, LOST HORIZON, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, to name but a few.

The story is typical of serials. "Girl Reporter" Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) is doing a story on missing scientists--and when giant metal robots attack New York she unexpectedly holds a clue to their origin. She and Sky Captain (Jude Law) form an uneasy alliance to get to the bottom of things. With an assist from Sky Captain's faithful sidekick Dex (Giovanni Ribisi) and the disconcertingly military Frankie (Angelina Jolie), the two search the world--and finally track the wicked Dr. Totenkopf (Laurence Olivier, resurrected via CGI) to his secret lair.

The look of the film follows suit. The live cast worked on a blue screen set, and with the exception of a single set, the costumes, and items the live actors had to handle, everything you see on the screen was created in the computer and added after the fact. A great many people have described the look of the film as "deco," an arts movement associated with the 1920s; this is misleading. It would be more accurate to describe it as a mixture of pre-WWII arts movements filtered through a 1950s sensibility, and the result is like nothing so much as a pulp science fiction magazine cover unexpectedly come to life.

Now, how much you like this will depend to a great extent on how clearly you recognize the film styles and specific films that have clearly influenced it. If you know nothing about serials, for example, you are likely to be appalled by the flatness of the script and Paltrow's one-note performance; on the other hand, if you are a serial fan, you'll immediately recognize that the script is reflective of such serials as SPY SMASHER and that Paltrow echoes Linda Sterling, famous for such serials as THE CRIMSON GHOST. It wouldn't be too much to say that in many respects SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is akin to an inside joke.

But most particularly, your liking for this film will depend on how you react to the visuals. I am not a great fan of CGI when it is used to bolster live action films such as GLADIATOR or TITANIC; I can usually spot the CGI and I find it distracting. But I have to come down in favor of SKY CAPTAIN: this isn't an effort to "make it look real;" this is an effort to make a totally artificial world, and whether it be giant robots, Shangri-La, or Radio City Music Hall the designs are stunning and remarkably well executed. Whatever other shortcomings it may have, SKY CAPTAIN has incredible visual "WOW!" The film is currently available in a DVD release that is visually handsome with superior sound, and the package contains a fair number of bonuses. Unfortunately, the two commentary tracks are less interesting than you might expect, but two short documentaries ("Brave New World" and "The Art of the World of Tomorrow") are quite good--and the original six minute short that inspired the film is fascinating. Not every one will get it, so I recommend you rent before you buy, but on the whole this is a show truly worth the money. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 5 / 10

Good special effects and music

I remember seeing the previews for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow when I was a kid. The hype was that it was a completely animated movie, and I thought it was the greatest special effects in the world since the main characters, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie, looked so much like the actors playing them it was impossible to tell they were animated! Well, as it turns out, when I finally saw the movie ten years later, I learned the truth. Despite my protestations throughout the first half of the film that the people in the movie were indeed animated, I found out that they were real. The entire movie was filmed using "green screen"-or blue screen, if you prefer-but the actors were real.

When you watch it, though, I'm sure you'll have your doubts. The entire movie, in addition to using computer graphics for all the background images, used several special filters and finishes that made everyone's faces look photoshopped, which let's face it, they were. You can't see people's pores on their faces and the lighting looks extremely strange. I can only hope the filmmakers chose this design to make the actors look as actors did in that time period, rather than to intentionally confuse the audience. In old movies from the 1930s and 1940s, camera lenses didn't pick up every pore, so Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow looks quite authentic.

You'll also probably be wowed, and rightly so, by the incredible special effects during the plentiful action scenes. The story is set in the midst of WWII, and out of nowhere, giant robots and flying machines pop out of the sky, adding another element to the war. Jude Law plays the title character, and he spends most of the film in his plane blowing up bad guys. You can only imagine the endless possibilities of special effects with a fantasy movie like this.

While I don't happen to like the "steampunk" genre, I was able to appreciate the computer graphics, how pretty Gwyneth Paltrow looked, how pretty Jude Law looked, and Edward Shearmur's beautiful music. You won't see his name until the end credits, so while you're listening to his complex and authentic-sounding score, you'll probably lay odds that it's John Williams. Shearmur's very talented, and I'll be keeping an ear open for him in the future.

If you like movies that rely heavily on special effects, action scenes with giant robots, and a quick banter that stands for romantic tension, you might like this one. It's not one I'll probably want to watch again, but I really enjoyed the cameo from Laurence Olivier, and the last one minute of the film is very cute. What's the ending, you ask? You'll have to watch it to find out.

DLM warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie is not your friend. In every scene, the camera either swerves, tilts, or spins, and it might make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"

Reviewed by UofSciFi 4 / 10

I have seen worse (I think)

I have always like two genres of movies better than all other genres (Historical Fiction/Drama & Sci Fi adventures). So it come to reason that I'd was interested in this one from the first time that I saw the previews.

Then I seen it and discovered that this was more of a concept film than anything. ......And to be frank with you the concept doesn't sell! ! ! The movie takes place in a type of Neo-Futuristic landscape based on the 1930's. I though the story was actually good. and the acting was actually good. The musical score was actually good. but the fantasy- ish pulp fictionized comic book look of the film actual made it hard to watch.(at least it did for me) This film is worth watch one time ....it not going to become an instant sci-fi classic with you. Nor will this film generate enough interest that you'd want to see a sequel(trust me, If they make a sequel I will not bother to see it)This film will never rival/compete with other sci-fi films like the Star Wars, Alien(s), Starship Troopers, Matrix,Star Trek and other franchises seem to produce every time out.

I'm giving it 4 out of 10 stars (And I'm only going that high with it because the acting & musical score are good)

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