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Movie review: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Watched the movie yesterday and I don't quite know what to say about it. It's the kind of movie where either you like it or you don't. The retro-styled movie is set in the late 1930s environment in which technological advancements are greater than you'd ever imagine. We are introduced to an ambitious reporter, Polly Perkins, who is investigating a series of missing scientists, which lead to mysterious giant robots invading New York city. Our hero Joe “Sky Captain” Sullivan came in the nick of time and saved the city from the giant menace. Now Joe and Polly must team up with each other, in hopes of finding out who is behind this robotic menace, and where the missing scientists have been taken. To make things interesting, there are unresolved feelings between these two, and some questionable past experiences to deal with.

The movie has quite an interesting feel to it. It's like you're watching a 70's movie with the grainy kind of picture and the orchestra played music in the background. Even the sound effects reminds me of the 70s TV shows. The environment in the movie was done very well, giving you the feel of post WW1 era. From my observation, it would seem that the entire movie was filmed in front of the blue screen as the backdrop looks as if it were computer generated. Overall, the director successfully blend the actors in this massive CGI generated world.

The only let down, was that the pace of the movie was too fast. If the director would take the time to elaborate more on the post ww1 city and character development, it would give the story a more solid foundation. Nevertheless, the movie has a fair share of excitement, adventure and romance. From streets of New York to the Tibetan mountains, the audience will be entertained with aerial dogfights, mountain adventure and underwater fight scenes.

The main actors, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow was just ok with Jude giving better performance. The chemistry of these two was quite good and cute at times but somehow does not quite click. There was also Angelina Jolie who just turn up for 10 minutes. I guess producers want to add star power to the show.

Overall, an interesting movie (think of Star Wars + Indian Jones). If you're a retro adventure sci-fi fan, you'll enjoy this movie. However, give it a miss if you're not into sci-fi.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 2.5
Sound : 3
Picture : 4
Storyline: 2

OVERALL : 2.9
posted by Ivan Choe, 12:07 pm

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