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Sky Captain Offers a Fresh Vision on a Not So Fresh Era

Published September 18, 2004 in MOVIE REVIEW
By Ryan Parsons | Pictures used from Paramount

Jude Law plays Sky Captain, the flying ace destined to save mankind against monsterous machines.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow offers a film that embraces an older culture with a popcorn amped film. The movie pays tribute to older films such as King Kong and The Wizard of Oz, as well it should considering the movie attempts to go back to a film noir state where film is soft [hazed] and the special effects are only slightly beyond the actors. In the end, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow achieves an extremely comic book feel [more so than other action comic books] while it attempts and, for the most part, succeeds in entertaining its viewers.

Sky Captain Comes to Terms With Itself

You know how some movies have to grow on you as you continue to watch them? This is similar to what occurs in Sky Captain. I do not know if it was me or the film itself that needed to take some time to come to terms with what was occurring on the big screen. First, this film is obviously CGI [computer generated image] dependant with almost every part of the movie being shot in front of a blue/green screen. At times you will see special effects that can be rivaled with that of Shrek 2. Then again, there are other times where you can understand how possible it is to create a movie completely off the computer. A strange and interesting mix of great and not so great CGI.

It also seemed that the actors, at times, were confused about the roles they were suppose to be playing within specific scenes or shots. However, it is hard to blame them as they truly had nothing to work with but their own acting intuition as they stared into blue, or green, backdrops with nothing to look at but blue balls for vision direction. It must be extremely hard [as an actor] to become your part and join your fictional world if the world is not inserted until post-production.

Sky Captain is made to be a Popcorn Film

Some of the best parts of the film include watching this WWII fighter fly into combat against the machines.
As said earlier, Sky Captain is a popcorn film built specifically for those who enjoy the movies. The film took the risk of being different as it tries to dig up an older age of film with the use of the latest technologies. Therefore, the main idea to the film is enjoy the images, the action, and the entire concept in general. The story is good at best and the humor aspect does not kick in till the latter half of the film.

Final Judgment: This film will find its strength among those who enjoy the creativity brought through movies even though the story can be considered lacking in depth. Jude Law [Sky Captain] and Gwyneth Paltrow [Polly Perkins] team up to bring a movie that is, for the most part, an entertaining popcorn film. B

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