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IN THIS SCI FI EPIC MARTIAN SPACESHIPS ARE APPROACHING EARTH. SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BOMB THEM OR EMBRACE THEM? FROM THE OPENINGSCENE IN A TOWN CALLED LOCKJAW, WHERE A BLAZING FIRE SPRINTS THEROAD, TO THE APOCALYPTIC FINALE YOULL NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT SOPHOMORIC FUNNINESS, BLACK HUMOR, OR A GENUINE FRIGHT.
It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humor seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J. Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones, and Pam Grier. --Jim EmersonSee all Editorial Reviews
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And the best part is the rest of the cast knows to have fun, too. Hamming it up for the camera and overacting galore. It's a movie about making memorable scenes, not making a political point or any sort of social commentary (except maybe a few jabs at America in general, "They sure ain't going to get the TV!"). The end is a little sudden and abrupt, as though it ran out of its own manic energy at last.
At the end of the day, how can you not like a movie that grabs every actor from Michael J. Fox to Joe Don Baker, and throws in Tom "It's Not Unusual" Jones in for good measure?
Not really. The characters are all silly, but they're too silly and have no heart. The aliens finally attack, and while a funny scene, I didn't care if anyone died. I didn't root for anyone to survive. I laughed here and there, but I didn't care. Usually when a movie has no real plot the acting can carry it through. And if the acting can't, then maybe the message can. Nope, nope, and nope.
Watch this as a callback to Burton's top form, when he wasn't just a slave to keeping Johnny Depp and HBC paid, when he knew more than the "classic" Burton aesthetic. But don't expect to care about anything that's going on. This is too shallow a movie for that.
For a younger audience, they wouldn't recognize all of the actors and not quite get all of the humor, but they will love it just the same!
Along with "Edward Scissor Hands", I think this is one of Tim Burton's best movies.
But visual effects are prehistoric, it doesn't look like a sci-fi movie but a tv show from the nineties. The flying sauces look horrible and aliens move awkardly. Female characters are ridiculous and irrelevant except the granny who doesn't belong with her trailer family; I mean, she looks more educated. In general, the women are objectized and spend time whining and crying while the big boys save the planet.