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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004

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4.0 out of 5 stars (99) IMDb 6.1/10

The debut feature for director Kerry Conran, this sci-fi action adventure romp pays homage to comics and serials of the 1940s such as Flash Gordon and Superman.

Starring:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance
Director Kerry Conran
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Supporting actors Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling, Omid Djalili, Laurence Olivier, Angelina Jolie, Trevor Baxter, Julian Curry, Peter Law, Jon Rumney, Khan Bonfils, Samta Gyatso, Louis Hilyer, Mark Wells, James Cash, Tenzin Bhagen, Thupten Tsondru, Matthew Grant
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
One of the first movies to be shot completely via blue screen and a joy to behold on blu-ray. With a nod to german expressionism, the shadows and mise-en-scene of 30s/40s Hollywood film noir, and a plot reminiscent of the Flash Gordon/Buck Rodgers adventure serials this is terrific entertainment and a feast for the eyes. The cast are superb; Law and Paltrow recreate a Bogart & Bacall/Tracy & Hepburn-esque love/hate relationship convincingly and with great humour, whilst Jolie has some fun with a stiff-upper lip accent (not easy with her lips!). Director Kerry Conran took four years to make a short black and white trailer for this movie at home on an apple computer to convince Hollywood to get behind this project - thank goodness they did! I am really looking forward to seeing more movies from this cinematography genius.
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Format: Blu-ray
I love this film, its got a great cast, a decent story line and looks fabulous on the screen.

No HD audio but does have DTS sound.

I like all the references to World War 2. Like the design of the film - film noir 40's look. Not alot to fault. Its got lots of action, robots, dinosaurs, rockets, special effects, exposions, planes that turn into submarines, and a older looking version of Captain Scarlet's Cloudbase - Whats not to like?

Will be a blu ray that will be put on regularly.
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Format: DVD
Bottom line - if, like me, you love Flash Gordon, King of the Rocket Men (incidentally, when's that going to get a release?) and Undersea Kingdom, you're going to enjoy this. And no, there's little character development or complex scripting. The reason being: it's a film about big robots and spaceships. Simple as that folks, if you don't get your jollies at the sight of a plane with flapping wings, this just isn't going to work for you. Me, I used to watch Manhunt of Mystery Island in the school holidays and this took me right back there again.
This is the anti-Star Wars (no faux-emotional undertones or god-awful 70s mysticism). It's what adventure films used to be like. If I want serious stuff, I'll watch Das Boot or Brazil. If I want to see Jude Law blow things up whilst Angelina struts about in an RAF fetish outfit and eye-patch, I think this is where I'll be.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed by this film and I barely managed to finish watching it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

In an alternate history, in 1939, the zeppelin Hindenburg III arrives in New York City, mooring at the Empire State Building. A frightened scientist named Dr. Jorge Vargas (Julian Curry) makes arrangements for a package containing two vials to be delivered to a Dr. Walter Jennings (Trevor Baxter), then vanishes. Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), a newspaper reporter for "The Chronicle", looks into the disappearances of Vargas and five other renowned scientists. Then suddenly an army of giant robots attacks New York City... Nothing more will be said about the story.

This film was an attempt at launching a new kind of SF sub-genre, the "diesel punk" (after the futuristic "cyber-punk" and the XIX century based "steam punk") with extravagant stories situated in the years 1918-1939. This kind of world already exists by the way, in the game system "Call of Cthulhu" and it is quite an interesting thing. Here however the attempt completely failed, not because the idea was bad, but because the execution was horrible.

The BIG problem with this thing is that it is B-O-R-I-N-G! I failed to get involved into the story, I couldn't care less about the main character (Sky Captain played by Jude Law), the mystery was hardly very mysterious, there was no credible villains (a pity because this film wasted one of the coolest names ever for a villain - Dr. Totenkopf!), action scenes were rather pathetic, etc. etc.

Even more incredibly the director chose for Gwyneth Paltrow a look which transformed this one of the most gorgeous women alive into a barely average chick...
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‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ is basically a homage to science fiction from yesteryear when stories were in black and white days, didn’t have to be particularly ‘technically or factually accurate’ and robots looked like they were made out of Lego.

Unfortunately, it does the job a little too well. It’s deliberately awful in the way it’s filmed, acted and shot, all of which is keeping with the genre it’s based on. However, not many of today’s audience really ‘got it’ and just saw a badly-acted, badly-shot film with weird and dodgy special effects.

People say that neither Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow or Angelina Jolie seem to be able to act in this film. And they’d be right. None of the three leads’ performances are particularly three-dimensional. However, I kind of took that as the point, seeing as they’re actually basing their characters on the wooden heroes of times past.

If you’re going to enjoy this film, you need to have a nostalgic appreciation for the sort of black and white Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon TV serials on Saturday mornings. And there’s not that many of us left who still like that sort of film, therefore Sky Captain, despite being a clever and novel idea by today’s standards, was never really destined to be a financial success. I enjoyed it for what it was, but for anyone who doesn’t remember Buck Rogers and co, they’ll probably see it as little more than an extended eighties Queen video for ‘Radio Gaga.’
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