Friday, January 15, 2010

On Sky Captain.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is the kind of movie that accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. We need more movies like this. You don't go expecting high drama, deep characterization, or even nail-biting suspense (though the latter is a nice bonus) - you go to see a style exercise that ramps up the absurdity with each passing scene. In fact, Gwynneth Paltrow's character lampshades this subtly with her camera. The CGI is noticeable at times - a bit too shiny, or a character is 'threatened' by barely believable greenscreen peril - but there's enough hot, buttered dieselpunk awesome layered on to make you forgive it. Anything's forgiveable with a .38 Webley, a Q-Branchified P-40 Warhawk, and a flying aircraft carrier. And a bubble ray gun.

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