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Sky Captain and
the World of Tomorrow (2004): I love this movie!
Anyone can see it...young kids...big people, etc. It's definitely
a throwback to 1940s-era sci-fi stories and superhero comics.
There are even countless references to old heroes like Buck Rogers and
Captain Marvel "Shazam!". You can also see that it's a play on
the action movies of the time period, but definitely above and beyond
old movie serials and things in special effects, acting quality, and
The idea of the character "Sky Captain" is
tastefully campy. The name is a bit hokey, but it just sets the
stage that this is supposed to be a period adventure. And
although he doesn't have super powers, he does have a secret identity
of sorts: his alias. He also has special talents that most
people don't have in the way of flying planes and fighting. And
the odds against him are overwhelming like any true superhero.
All kinds of robots and flying machines and strange
electronically-powered devices are against him. What you'll see
in this movie will blow you away!
Sky Captain is a mercenary-for-hire...a superhero
that people call on when needed. He has his own team of
fighter pilots, his own island headquarters, and all kinds of
state-of-the-art gadgetry thanks to his technical genius Dex.
What I want to know is how do they explain having technology better
than we have today back then, and not being able to win WWII in less
than four years? Hmm. Interesting.
We first see Sky Captain when he's called in to save
the city from giant mechanical monsters. These mechanical
monsters are ripoffs of the characters created for a 1941 Superman
cartoon called "The Mechanical Monsters". That cartoon, however,
is public domain so I guess the makers of this movie had free reign on
the idea. The mechanical monsters in this movie are also much
larger, but they look just about the same.
The whole plot of the movie is that Sky Captain and
friends are trying to find whoever is behind a sinister plan to destroy
the world before it's too late. If you haven't seen it yet, the
plot twists WILL surprise you. This movie is not predictable by
I think the entire cast for this movie is
wonderful. However, you wouldn't expect any of these people
(except maybe Jolie) to be in a movie with so much action. Jude
Law is Sky Captain, Gwyneth Paltrow is famous newspaper reporter Polly
Perkins, Giovanni Ribisi is Dex, and Angelina Jolie is Captain Franky
Cook. For this movie, Angelina Jolie got third billing under Law
and Paltrow, but you don't really see much of her in this film.
And what you do see of her doesn't come until way past the middle of
the show. I expected to see more of her in this movie, especially
since she plays such an interesting heroine (she wears an eye
patch). However, she's a big star so the name credit as a
headliner was just smart marketing. Truth be told, we see a lot
more of Giovanni Ribisi than we do Angelina Jolie.
I've been a fan of Ribisi's for years, since he
appeared in the 1991 TV series "Davis Rules". He's done so much
in TV and movies, and I like everything I've seen him in. He
always manages to play really cool characters even if they're not
always main characters. I think Dex is important in this movie,
because Sky Captain wouldn't be anywhere without him.
The action is intense in this movie and you will
have to see it more than once if you really want to catch it all.
Things that happen in the story don't always make a lot of sense, but
keep in mind that this movie is supposed to be more of a visual.
The acting is solid. Plus, this movie earns the distinction of
being probably the first movie that is almost entirely
computer-generated with a live-action cast. Just about everything
in this movie except the people and the costumes is fake...but it all
looks so real! It's impressive as a technical achievement and at
the same time a very enjoyable film that will hold up for all of
time. There aren't many movies made that will have the staying
power of this film. This will be good forever!