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In writer-director Kerry Conran's debut film, ace pilot Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) reluctantly teams up with his former flame, journalist Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), to uncover the mystery behind a group of missing scientists and a series of shocking robot attacks. Aided by gadgetry whiz Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi) and enigmatic military commander Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), Joe and Polly must find out who is responsible for an increasingly elaborate scheme that may trigger the end of the world. A highly stylized, mostly computer-generated spectacle, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is a striking cinematic achievement. Steeped in the marvelous visuals of 1930s pop culture, Conran's movie is a loving tribute to that era, featuring clever nods to FLASH GORDON, BUCK ROGERS, and other adventure serials of the time. Beginning in a gloriously slate-gray, towering New York City, this movie follows its heroes from one intriguing locale to the next. Although the remarkable images of the film threaten to eclipse the characters at times, SKY CAPTAIN is very well cast, with the actors pitch-perfect for their respective roles, particularly the luminous Paltrow and the brainy Ribisi. And yet the stunning retro-futuristic design is always at the fore, making for a wonderfully unique movie.
I first heard of this movie when I saw LOTR: The Return of the King December of '03. I was stunned. It was 1930s retro sci-fi, art deco. Everything you saw was like a Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers serial, or the Max Fleischer animated shorts.
Then it was delayed.
Then delayed again.
Then it was released in September, which is like putting something direct-to-dvd. Hardly anyone saw it and within a few weeks it was out of theaters. For this I blame the studio. There was hardly any marketing or tie-ins or promotion. I saw it opening night and the theater was only about half-full.
Sigh. This was my second-favorite movie of 2004 (Spider-man 2 being the first of course). Jude Law is Joe Sullivan, also known as Sky Captain, a mercenary who gets called time and again to save the world. Gwyneth Paltrow is Polly Perkins, a Lois Lane-type reporter and former love interest. Even the supporting Cast, including Angelina Jolie and archived footage of Sir Laurence Olivier.
This is a movie I can't recommend enough. It has everything the original Star Wars movies had, and the last three didn't: a story that didn't take itself too seriously and characters you actually wanted to see and you cared about. Oh, and a cameo by King Kong. I'm not kidding.
If nothing else, at least go out and rent this movie, or put it in your Netflix queue.
This movie is a feast for the eyes. Done in a retro 40's SF (that's "speculative fiction", not "science fiction") style, it has a good tight story line similar to those used on the old Flash Gordon serials. Dark and forboding at times, bright at others, lots of things you just have to say "WOW" as you see them unfold on the screen. This is the kind of movie you turn down the lights and watch on the 50" plasma to get the full effect from.
Jude Law carries the role of the title character well. Gwenneth Paltrow is gorgeous as a retro 40's newspaper reporter. Angelina Jolie's role is little more than a cameo, even though she's on the screen quite a bit towards the end of the film. The extras on the DVD, including the story of how the movie was developed over the course of years, are truly excellent. It's a shame they didn't make a sequel to this movie.
Stumbled across this movie one hot day while channel-surfing, on a preview channel, and HAD to seek a purchase! Set in 1939, Gwyneth Paltrow is fetching in the style of the day, Jude Law carries off a Brit-accented aviator well, Giovanni Ribisi does a great bubble gum-popping mechanical genius, and Angelina Jolie is, well, believable, as a sexy aviatrix. The real triumph of the movie, in MHO, the computer generated comic book graphics. The actors did their acting in front of a blue screen, and Raymond Loewy (designer of the '53 Studebaker Hawks)-inspired graphics in delicious Film Noir white and shades of black and blue (as much as this color-blind guy could tell) make for a viewing experience to just lose yourself within. Great-nephew(13)thought it too dark. dark.
This is a very cool and entertaining flick ... especially if you like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow or Jude Law. I got it mostly for my kids to watch as they like sci-fi/fantasy/action/adventure. I must confess to being a bit of a sci-fi buff myself and was happy to see that the look and feel was a great contemporary attempt at the original. It is a fun movie to watch and the Dolby 5.1 is outstanding.