September 17, 2004
1 hr. 47 min.
Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jole,
Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon
WRITER AND DIRECTOR:
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Sky Captain and the World
By Phil Boatwright
The Movie Reporter
- This is a big-budgeted computer-generated retro-sci-fi actioneer
about a rakish adventurer who teams with his reporter ex-girlfriend and
an eye-patch wearing Amazon leader of an elite squadron in order to rescue
his trusty sidekick from giant robots and a mysterious villainous scientist
bent on world domination.
Lacking the cynicism and gloominess often found in this genre, Sky
Captain dazzles the eye and pumps-up the heart rate. Marking a milestone
in digital filmmaking, and fueled by witty dialogue, director Kerry Conran
and producer/actor Jude Law give us a cartoon-like pulpy adventure entry,
a blend of the Fritz Lang's Metropolis style, the Saturday morning
serial derring do of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, and the breakneck pace
of Spielberg's Indiana Jones.
There's no deep intellectual motif, but Sky Captain has all the
elements missing in this summer's popcorn-munching blockbuster supposed-to-bes
(Cat Woman, Thunderbirds, Scooby Doo 2, Spiderman
2). Part tribute to the adventures of yesteryear and a satisfying
exercise in the use of digital art direction, "Sky Captain"
is a lot of fun.
Rating: PG Though it contains five or so mild expletives,
there is no harsh or profane language; however, the expression "oh
my God" is used four times, mostly by the female lead. While I do
not consider this phrase to be blasphemous, it does come across as disrespectful
to the Creator. Since the TV series "Friends" began incorporating
it into nearly every episode, (as often as 10 times a show), it has become
a standard Hollywood idiom. There is one mild sexual reference as a man
makes a comment about a woman's chest in cold weather. The violence consists
of video arcade-like zapping of mechanical villains as they attempt to
destroy all of mankind. Full of explosions, gun battles and the like,
but there is very little blood, and many heroic deeds are done in order
to save others.
Author's Note: Dear Readers, please remember, as a movie reporter,
I try to give the positive and negative of a film. While I hope you enjoy
reading my opinion, I pray it is the synopsis and content that help you
decide if the new release is suitable for your family's viewing. I often
suggest the video alternatives because they address similar themes but
lack today's objectionable content.
Phil Boatwright is the editor of The Movie Reporter. Review used
by permission. Go to Phil Boatwright's website at www.moviereporter.com
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