Friday, September 24, 2004

Movies: Sky Captain

Yesterday evening, Dan, Tristan, Linzy and I went to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

It was pretty cool, and completely different then anything you would normally see in the theater (certainly different then your average summer blockbuster).

The whole 'look' of the film was extremely cool, and fit the movie perfectly. When I was watching it, I kept thinking of old serials (which was the desired effect I believe). In particular, Sky Captain kept evoking memories of watching Zombies of the Stratosphere on a family vacation long ago.

The special effects were top notch, which I guess is absolutely critical when you shoot the whole film on a soundstage in front of a blue-screen. There were very few moments when you could obviously say 'hey look they are standing in front of a blue-screen'.

The beginning of the movie was a bit slow, starting out with some horrid 'chase' scenes between Gweneth Paltrow and building-sized robots. Once Sky Captain made an appearance things started to pick up. By the end, the plot was moving along at quite a good pace.

I thought the acting was decent, the actors didn't have much to work with as far as character development. Then when you throw in the fact that there were no real sets, it had to be difficult to do the acting.

We got pretty lucky, our movie was shown in the giant auditorium at the theater we went to, and there were less then 12 people there. So we got our pick of seats, and a gargantuan screen to appreciate all the special effects and cool imagery.

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit, and would recommend seeing it.

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