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Sky Captain review

06.17.2004

It seems like I was the only dissenting opinion on SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW when the posters, trailers, etc were released. The rest of the web community seem to eat them up as if they were Big Macs. I just wasn't digging em at all. I caught slack for it at the time but I wonder now if the slack will turn into apologies come September when the film opens. Apparently Paramount had their first public screening of the film last night in LA and the reviews haven't exactly been glowing. Perhaps Paramount knew what they were in for when they pushed the film back from June (it would've been set to open right about now, right?) to September. All that said there is about three months until the film hits theaters and much can be done in that time. Hopefully the studio and director Kerry Conran will take some of this criticism to heart and make some edits that could improve the final print of the film. Let's hear what this JoBlo reader (who wishes to remain anonymous), who was in attendance last night, has to say about what he saw...

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I attended a test screening last night at Paramount Studios for their big buget September release "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"...so I thought I would review it here on my favorite site, joblo.com!

I have to say, I was really looking forward to seeing this flick. When I first saw the trailer online I was blown away and really excited by the way it looked, and it does look great on the big screen. In a Hollywood where everything is a re-make or sequel nowadays it was really refreshing to see something that hasn't been done before using a mix of live action characters in a completely computer generated world. I enjoyed the tribute the filmmakers paid to the 1930's sci-fi films with a dash oh Indiana Jones and The Rocketeer mixed in for good measure. BUT that was it! the story was completely weak and I could care less about the characters or what happened to them! They were not developed at all because the CG world they were flying around in took over the story. I found myself looking at my watch halfway through the film hoping in a way the characters would die so I could go home! I enjoy Jude Law's work (I loved him in "Road to Perdition" and "A.I.")but I think he was miscast here as the lead hero. Gweneth Paltrow was good playing a Lois Lane type figure named Polly Perkins. I am a big fan of Giovanni Ribisi's work, but the poor guy was under-used in this film as well as the always beautiful and mysterious Angelina Jolie (even with an eye patch she's hot!) who is in this mess maybe a total of five to ten minutes (that's right baby, take the money and get the hell out of this world of tomorrow while you still can!). I can certainly see why the Studio moved this hunk of crap from a summer release to the dumping grounds of September...It would never hold it's own in a "Spider-man 2" and "Harry Potter" summer and they knew it...now you do too! If you want to see the cool visuals... fine. But if you are looking for a fun movie with a great story and cool action scenes rent "The Rocketeer" or go see "Spider-man 2" this summer...by the way, I have had the fortunate opportunity to see "Spider-man 2" last week...and I can't wait to see it again!!!

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So there you have it. Any review that suggests you rent THE ROCKETEER instead of the subject movie can't be a glowing one. I'd hate to have to say I told you so in a couple months but....well, you know.

Source: JoBlo.com
Tags: Hollywood

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