Movie Review: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Lately, V and I have been renting movies from some little independent video store, rather than Blockbuster. It’s a lot cheaper for one thing, plus Blockbuster’s “no more late fees…now we call them restocking fees!” is kinda dumb. To save even more money, we get somewhat old movies, because they’re 3 for $6.00. Nice.

The latest one we watched was Sky Captain, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The first thing you notice about this movie is its striking retro-futuristic style, which is just awesome. The juxtaposition of great special effects and horribly shitty special effects kinda fits this theme, so doesn’t get in the way too much (I heard that almost the entire movie was shot in front of a green screen. It doesn’t look great, but I can see this technique being used and overused a lot more in the future.) The plot and characters have about as much depth as the computer generated backgrounds, but this movie doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s a shallow, fun action movie, not unlike a modern Indiana Jones.

There is one thing I could complain about in this movie. The name “Sky Captain” implies that this dude is a captain of…you know…the sky. However, I’d say that only half of the action takes place in the sky. On the other hand, if the movie were called “Floor Captain”, then I’d probably be complaining that there were too many airplanes in this movie about the captain of the floor. So I can’t win.

I give Sky Captain a rating of 10 fingers and 6 toes out of 20 digits.



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