9 April 2018

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004
  • Director: Kerry Conran
  • Based on novel: No
  • Cast: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Sir Laurence Olivier
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Jude Law – Genius, Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, Hugo, Contagion, Repo Men, Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Sleuth, The Holiday, Breaking and Entering, The Aviator, Closer, Alfie, Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition, eXistenZ, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Gattaca, Wilde
    • Gwyneth Paltrow – Mortdecai, Contagion, Two Lovers, Infamous, Proof, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shakespeare in Love, A Perfect Murder, Sliding Doors, Moonlight and Valentino, Seven, Hook
    • Angelina Jolie – The Tourist, Wanted, Changeling, Girl Interrupted
    • Giovanni Ribisi – The Rum Diary, Public Enemies, The Dead Girl, Cold Mountain, Friends, Lost in Translation, Saving Private Ryan, SubUrbia, The X Files
    • Michael Gambon – The Hollow Crown, Fortitude, Quirke, Quartet, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The King’s Speech, The Book of Eli, Brideshead Revisited, Cranford, Amazing Grace, Being Julia, Angels in America, Gosford Park, Longitude, Sleepy Hollow, Mary Reilly
    • Laurence Olivier – King Lear, Sleuth, Oh What a Lovely War, Spartacus, Richard III, Hamlet, Henry V, Rebecca, As You Like It
  • Why? Fun. Good cast.
  • Seen: Once before. Now 7 April 2018 

Very 1940s sci fi noir with a twinkle in its eye. Six scientists are missing. Journalist Polly Perkins (Paltrow), is drawn into the mystery. New York is invaded by gigantic cybermen. Polly photographs them and runs from them.
The situation is critical and Sky Captain (Law) is called in and arrives in his Batmobile airplane to save the day. But cities all over the world are being invaded! Only Sky Captain and Polly (who have a past) can save us!
The story itself isn’t very interesting and it’s quite badly written. The chases and battles put me to sleep as always. But it’s fun in its way. The characters are comic book plucky and visually it’s stunning.
As real movies go, it’s quite bad but as homage to Saturday matinees it’s entertaining enough.

2 ½ * of 5

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