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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

April 6, 2010

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

This is another one of my favorite films.  It is one of the original CGI films.  Besides the talent, obviously, it is 100% CGI, and extremely impressive for being so early.  Part of the reason I was so disappointed when I saw the previews for Avatar, the CGI looked worse then this, at least at that point, and this probably had a sixth or seventh of the budget, at most.

The story is that of an alternate world.  Zeppelins are docking with the empire state building, and Sky Captain and his team of mercenaries are patrolling the skies.  And then the robots start to show up.  They fly into New York City and dig up the reactor in the center of the city.  Sky Captain and his crack squad of mercenaries can’t stop them.  They track down the signal that is controlling them with the help of a news paper reporter Polly Perkins.  When Sky Captains tech man Dex is captured, Sky Captain and Polly Perkins go after him and stumble across Totenkopf, a member of a secret government team headed up by the German, Totenkopf.  They find out his plan and then they have to stop it, with a little help from Frankie, and old buddy of Sky Captains.

The talent in this film is pretty solid.  Jude Law heads up this film as Sky Captain.  He has a nice little swagger in this film.  Polly Perkins was played by Gwyneth Paltrow.  She does a good job of playing a bit of a ditz in this film or at least acting like one but being very smart and manipulative in reality.  Sky Captain knows, but he kind of just lets her drag it on because he likes her.  Angelina Jolie play Frankie and is in a pretty limited role.  Dex is played by a relative unknown Giovanni Ribisi.  Dex is probably one of the standout characters in this film. What makes it so impressive is the fact that they are acting with little to nothing there.  A lot of the acting was just in a giant blank room.

Visually this film has to be impressive.  The budget was so small for this film, and like I’ve already implied, the CGI is extremely impressive.  I’d say that it looked as impressive as Avatar’s trailer, I’m sure that Avatar ended up being better, but it did have a $300 million in terms of budget.  Kerry Conran directs this film brilliantly and did a good job in terms of writing the story as well.  I’d like to see more CGI films of this ilk.

Overall a fun film.  It has what I would call a very simple story, however, it is a good one.  It’s kind of what you’d imagine the sci-fi films of the forties and fifties to be like.  The technology isn’t all that impressive, in terms of the robots int eh film, but they are very old fashioned and that makes this film.  It is just the atmosphere of the film that makes everything pop.

Entertainment Grade: A-

Critical Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B+

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