RIP Miguel Ferrer
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It's pretty obvious that Burton is the main reason that MARS succeeds. The flick is full of the kind of out-there humor and old-school creature feature pinache that the director has prided himself on for years. I thought this movie was funny when I first saw it in the theater 14 years ago and it's still funny now on Blu-Ray. And the martians themselves look even better on the advanced video transfer. The spinning pie-tin spaceships, the green-goo splatters, and laser-beam attacks all sparkle in bright, shiny bursts across the screen.
The manner with which everyone seems to be in on the joke (that this was intentionally made to come off as a bad b-movie) is just astounding. Every actor turns in a fun, winking performance and, like I said before, I can't believe that Burton made it happen. Where else can you find Jack Nicholson playing dual roles as the President of the United States and some slimey Vegas entrepreneur? The answer is nowhere! And I guess that was what truly hindered MARS when it first came out. This movie was basically considered a flop in terms of box office and I think it's because most people couldn't grasp the kind of grandiose yet gross actor masterclass that Burton was peddling. Too bad.
I'm not saying that MARS ATTACKS! is excellent on every level. It does suffer from a kind of slow start and a somewhat lackluster ending. However many films from long ago (that Burton is clearly looking to emulate) worked along the same lines. Hence, it's so hard to really fault the flick because of its shortcomings because they were most likely intentional. Which again brings me back to my initial amazement that a movie like this was able to be made on such a large level. Yes, this is a flick where a good sense of humor is highly required.
Audio English dolby digital with Spanish and French subtitles.