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movie review by David Blackwell

PLOT: Scientists are disappearing in 1939 New York City, and menacing robots show up to kidnap them because one of them has something that will bring on the end of the world. It is up Sky Captain and Polly Perkins to stop the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf and his robots before all life is destroyed.

ANALYSIS: It is one of the most fun movies since the first STAR WARS movies. I love how Joe (Jude Law) says his ex-girlfriend's name like a swear word. His ex-girlfriend is a shifty reporter, Polly Perkins (Gwenyth Paltrow). Polly is the type you like to bend over the knee and spank because she can't be trusted at all. Polly ends up passing great picture after great picture because she ends up with two shots left in her camera (with no film to reload). I do wish there was more of Frankie Cook (Angelina Jolie) in the movie. Angelina just rocked in this movie. Alert the Amphibious Squad indeed as long as she is in command.

"What have you got me into this time, Joseph?"- Frankie

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is a visual masterpiece of the imagination. It is that wonderful and fantastic. It is amazing most of what you see on the screen was created in the computer with the actors against a green screen. I love the retro look mixed with film noir. The movie has colors that looks better than any black and white film colorized by Ted Turner. Yep, the color scheme is unique and it adds to the charm of this adventure crafted by director Kerry Conran. The best way to describe this movie is imagine it as a movie made by a blender where you throw in one part Metropolis, one part film noir, one part Buck Rogers, one part Raiders of the Lost Ark, one part of Weird Science comics done by comics artist Wally Wood, and one part computer effects (that even look better than some of the effects used in the recent Star wars prequels).

We see lots of great images from an abandoned mine, blimps, Shangri-La, cool looking retro robots, and imagery straight out of King Kong, Tarazan, and The Lost World. SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is quite an amazing blend that harkens back to the days of the movie serials from the 1930s and 1940s. I hope Stephen Sommers planned adaptation of FLASH GORDON is this cool.

So welcome to the world of SKY CAPTAIN, an alternate 1939 in an alternate universe. I wonder where are the next adventures, the comics, the video game, and the toys. For Kerry Conran, his next movie will be THE PRINCESS OF MARS. I hope that movie is as fun as SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW.

this review (3.79) is (c)9-30-2004 David Blackwell. this review cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com

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