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Old 09-21-2004, 12:02 PM  
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NFBT: GazReview: “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”


The gimmick is that this movie was filmed on a bluescreen/greenscreen sound stage. Except for the actors and the props in their hands, everything else is computer generated. Usually, I do not like a lot of CGI, because it is still distinctly different from photography. Close, but no cigar. SK&tWoT solves this problem by filming the actors in slightly faded sepia tones. There is no discernable difference between the “real” people and the CGI. It is an impressive technological achievement.

Unfortunately, for all the CGI spectacle, the movie is simply not all that enjoyable.

It is a loving homage to the Saturday afternoon serials. The film is set in the 1940’s. The world is being menaced by a mad scientist genius called Totenkopf, who sends his fantastic robots to wreak havoc all over the world. Only Sky Captain [in his airplane/submarine] can save the world. Along for the ride is his plucky ex-girlfriend and ace reporter. From New York to Nepal, they fight the forces of evil.

It should have been a hoot, but the whole thing just comes off a bit hollow. I guess I really don’t know why I did not like it. It does, after all, sound like something I would really like. There are exciting moments and some funny bits. A running gag about the ace reporter’s camera provides a cute ending to the story.

So why didn’t I like it? The film was distant somehow. Like someone telling you about a movie, scene by scene. There was no connection with the people in the movie. The sensation was much like another eye candy spectacular “The Phantom Menace.” The advantage “SK&tWoT” has over “TPM” is that you know right of the bat that you are not supposed to take “Sky Captain” seriously.

The catch here is that this is definitely a BIG SCREEN movie. The backgrounds and textures are fascinating. BIG robots, BIG explosions, BIG rocket ships, BIG everything. If you intend to see it, go to the theater. But go to a matinee.

I’m giving this one 2 Hoots. Full credit for technological achievement and a fun idea that falls a bit flat.

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Old 09-21-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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I found it rather boring. I should have gone to see Mr. 3000 instead.
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:13 PM   #3
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2 out of how many hoots?
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:20 PM   #4
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The Gaz Hoot scale is 1 to 5 Hoots.

It is used to measure films that have no other redeeming value. Films like “Resident Evil” and “The Transporter.” It is a measure of fun.

Fun is inexplicably lacking in “Sky Captain.”

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Old 09-21-2004, 12:22 PM   #5
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Wow... thanks for the review!

Think I'll save my $
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:32 PM   #6
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Thanks, I was afraid of that.
I shoulda known when my friend couldn't make it through the whole thing without nodding off. And he's and Angelina Jolie fan... *!*
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:33 PM   #7
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Thanks, I was afraid of that.
I shoulda known when my friend couldn't make it through the whole thing without nodding off. And he's and Angelina Jolie fan... *!*

She does not have that big of a role.
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Old 09-21-2004, 05:48 PM   #8
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I'd give it three hoots, but it certainly didn't live up to its billing (Ebert must have just got laid or something before giving it four stars).

It was a neat timewaster, but little more. A better, more adult-oriented plot would have been nice. It's an earth-bound Flash Gordon flying a P-40 Batmobile.

And Gwyneth Paltrow does absolutely NOTHING for me. They could have at least cast some decent eye candy in the lead female role.
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Old 09-21-2004, 06:06 PM   #9
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I thought she was stunning. Leading ladies that don't look like sluts are refreshing.
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Old 09-21-2004, 06:33 PM   #10
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IM sick of these CGI crapfest's...all special effects and no heart! These modeern day directors need to go back and watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. Die Hard, and Aliens to see how action/sci-fi/fantasy films can be perfecty edited, directed and scripted.........They rely far too much on their computers to do the work for them now days.
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:17 PM   #11
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I just picked that up on DVD... 10 bucks. Haven't seen it in years...
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:25 PM   #12
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I just picked that up on DVD... 10 bucks. Haven't seen it in years...
Great film..probably the most influential action film of the past 16 years or so....maybe the best pure action film of all time.
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:27 PM   #13
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Great film..probably the most influential action film of the past 16 years or so....maybe the best pure action film of all time.
I can think of no better action picture than the original Die Hard. IIRC, I saw it four times in the theater.
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Great film..probably the most influential action film of the past 16 years or so....maybe the best pure action film of all time.
It's certainly one of my favorites.

But then, I also bought "Killer Clowns from Outer Space"
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:28 PM   #15
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I can think of no better action picture than the original Die Hard. IIRC, I saw it four times in the theater.
Agreed..i think i saw it 3 or 4 times in the theater as well..at the time it simply blew me away.
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