Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Review
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a unique - and in some ways - curious movie. Shot with no sets, this is a CG-fest that even beats Lucas' efforts to dispense with anything “real”, and the plot is similarly devoid of anything close to reality.
Telling the story of the world under siege by robots, Jospeh “Sky Captain” Sullivan (Jude Law) flies in to save the day as the mysterious machines invade New York and seem unstoppable in their march of destruction. Caught up in the mix is reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), who by a stroke of luck manages to come by some blueprints of the robots themselves. And as luck would have it, she knows Sky Captain Sullivan all too well, and strikes a pact to accompany him on his quest to find out what's behind the machines, and to stop the world from being taken over completely....
Before I go any further, let's get one thing clear. Sky Captain is neither a movie with either feet grounded in reality, neither is it one that anyone with a penchant for picking at plot holes will likely enjoy. Because this is riddled with them. The characterisation is flimsy, the script teeters between a plank of wood and a sheet of cardboard, and some of the key players are woefully miscast. Paltrow in particular has none of the feisty qualities she should have, and Jude Law...well he just plays Jude Law. Also it's worth noting that whilst a welcome addition and looking as delightful as ever, Angelina Jolie has a much smaller role in the movie than the DVD cover would suggest (her appearance is actually minor).
So far it sounds like I'm not impressed with Sky Captain, but you'd actually be wrong. At odds with the comments above I really enjoyed this movie. It certainly won't win any awards, and anyone who excels at criticism will likely hate it, but if you can switch your brain off and ignore the flaws, you'll likely enjoy the movie for what it is - a curious, uniquely-filmed slice of B-movie action, that's at once preposterous, clunky and immensely loud, with more than a nod to the black and white serials of old. Indeed, the whole atmosphere of Sky Captain sits firmly in the ancient Saturday morning cliffhangers that I used to love when I was a child. If you liked those, then you'll probably enjoy this. Otherwise, it might be best to waste a couple of hours of your life elsewhere....