Looks great and is a fun homage to the period but what it has in effects & design it lacks in script, characters, plot and humour
In a 1940's of the future, scientists are mysteriously going missing
and only plucky journalist Polly Perkins has a lead. Meeting with a
scientist in a secret rendezvous, mere minutes before he disappears,
she is horrified by the sudden appearance in New York of a horde of
giant robots. Luckily Sky Captain Joe Sullivan comes to the rescue in
his customised Spitfire and prevents the robots robbing the city's
central generators. With further attacks around the globe, Sky Captain
and his group team up with Polly to track down the source of the robot
menace, uncover the plot involved and stop it before it is too late.
All the interviews around this film have talked up the visuals and the
possibilities of making movies entirely on blue screen etc and, to be
honest, the marketing behind the film reflects it really well because
it is all about the visual style and effects with very little else. The
film starts immediately with a really great visual feel that harks back
to the old sci-fi serials of the 1930/40's where the future is based on
the present with knobs on. The lighting and delivery is all fitting
this period and it works pretty well on this level. The scale and
nature of the effects are impressive, they are all retro and look great
and only occasionally is it obvious that the actors are staring at
things that aren't there. Of course after this we have problems,
because looks enough aren't quite enough to make it all work. The
period feel will make it a cult film with time but at the moment it is
not enough to just sell me a computer generated yarn with no substance
I suppose in a way the writing and delivery is all in keeping with the
genre that it is homaging but this is a thin excuse for material that
is slightly dull and lacks the twinkle and wit it really needed. Wooden
acting and clunky dialogue can be fun if served up with the tongue in
the cheek but that never really happens here to the degree it should.
Thinks looked good at the start with Godzilla making an appearance on a
Japanese newspaper but aside from this and a handful of other comic
touches the film is played pretty straight meaning we feel we should
treat it so, something I found too hard to do. The dialogue is fun at
times but is mostly as stiff as much of the delivery. The cast are not
to blame because they are remote from the action, secondary to the
visuals and trying to match the acting of the genre, which is
traditionally wooden. I'm not totally sure that bringing back Olivier
was a good idea but it was such a small part of the film that it didn't
really matter and left me wondering why they bothered in the first
Law is boyishly handsome and works pretty well with the material,
looking very British in his beautiful Spitfire. He has fun with his
character and he at least seems to be in on the joke. Paltrow has some
comic moments but mainly she plays it pretty straight and is a little
dull. Ribisi is all at sea, he plays it straight and looks bad as a
result. Jolie is a nice addition but has little time to make an
impression she never has a character and is really nothing more than
a set of lips! Support from Gambon and Ling Bai is wasted and neither
makes an impression especially disappointing from Ling who is really
the main baddie for the majority of the film. None of them are good
enough to make the plot engaging or bring out characters in their genre
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dont know yet the story.looks great .
this movie is so epic.
Well, I was sort of disappointed...
I've said this in other reviews, without a story, you can give the
audience all the smoke and mirrors you want, still no one will give a
The director seems to have a great eye for 30s art deco (which I love),
and I think the idea of using all digital backgrounds and such could
indeed be the wave of the future in movie making. However, it's obvious
the director got so interested in the digital rendering of his movie,
he forgot to film many scenes which would have enormously helped this
surprisingly thinned-plotted film. (SPOILER) For crying out loud, they
forgot to have a villain in this thing! OK they have one, but he's been
dead for 20 years by the time the movie takes place. Conran misses the
point of HAVING a villain. As far as action goes, well let's see, Sky
Captain (Law) shoots down ONE robot, two or three of the flapping wing
airplanes (before Dex (Ribisi) tells him to stop shooting them
down!!!), and a couple robots, but mostly spends his time looking
dashing and getting others to fight his battles for him. Paltrow as
Polly or Peggy or Punky or whatever is totally wasted in this movie
(the reviewer who comments on hers and Law's lack of chemistry is so
right) and I for one got a little sick of seeing repeated shots of the
top of her camera, showing she ONLY HAS TWO SHOTS LEFT, both of which
she wastes subsequently in the movie, one uncomically, one quite funny,
although I saw it coming from 70 years away. No one except Law and
Paltrow have any significant time on screen, and that's the movie's
real flaw. An audience doesn't identify with robots, they need a hero
to root for, and a visible, despicable villain to hate. Without that,
plus a good engaging story, all the CG in the world won't help..