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Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow. A thrilling and imaginative retro-futuristic story of a valiant pilot who must team up with a reporter and a fearless air commander to defeat a robot invasion by a treacherous mad scientist. 2004/color/106 min/PG.
- "Brave New World" featurette
- "The Art of the World of Tomorrow" featurette
- The original 6-minute short
- Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel
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It was there I saw my first Buck Rogers serial and I was hooked for life on science fiction. It was not until the Second World War that I would discover sci-fi pulp magazines. The Boy Scouts would collect waste paper for the war effort and I discovered science fiction pulp magazines; I was so excited by that discovery that I would keep every copy that came my way and read and re-read them.
My wife tells me that when we married one of the few things I owned was my treasured collection of sci-fi pulp magazines; sadly they somehow disappeared as some of those are now worth a lot of money.
I mention that because this movie reminded me of that era and those serials and those pulp magazines. The magazines always had lurid covers of space ships, heroes, villains, and space monsters enough to satisfy the imagination of almost any young boy. This movie does a marvelous job of capturing the emotions generated by those magazines and movies.
It communicated powerfully with my memories of those times and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Although there are fewer of us now, if you are one who can share my memories of that bygone era, I encourage you to get this movie. If you're of a younger generation and can free your imagination I suspect you'll be able to enjoy it too.
For the record I'm still a dedicated sci-fi fan and enjoy an extensive collection of books and movies.
The actors often seem to fail to know what's going on exactly and it creates an air of lifelessness to it. I'm sure there's a charm in there for fans of this particular kind of science fiction and fantasy, but it just does not work for me.
For those who don't get it this is a high tech retread of 1930s art, movies and cartoons. Just as Star Wars was a Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers ripoff, Sky Captain is based on a series of 30's motifs. Specifically, the robots are from the Max Fleischer Superman Cartoon, "The Mechanical Monsters" (Paltrow is dressed as the Lois Lane character) The landing decks in the sky were pictured in Popular Science. Angela Jolie's group, her rocket belt, the rocket "ark" and the hover craft are from Things To Come (with a dash of When Worlds Collide). And the giant figure at the end, holding the sword, must have been traced from the Tarna sequence in Heavy Metal. Throw in Lost Horizon and a pinch of The Day The Earth Stood Still and you've got it.
But somehow it all works. Its stylish and I found it suprisingly fun. There is so much detail it will be fun to examine it on DVD. Why not 5 stars? Because it was a little too long.
The idea is also fun, it's a homage to 30s serials with a high-flying ace in his super plane and a spunky reporter tagging along as he travels to lost civilizations and battles a mad scientist.
But Sky Captain is horribly miscast, Jude Law sleepwalks through this never having fun, never bringing any energy to the part. A film like this calls for an over-acting scenery-chewing he-man instead it gets a calm, polite understated Englishman.
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