Will Polly Perkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sky Captain, Jude Law,
be able to save the world from Dr. Totenkopf and his evil robots?
Does anyone care?
Is it a cartoon or a live action movie? Sky Captain blurs the
lines. Everything looks like a cartoon except for the actors
themselves. Even Sky Captain’s plane is too cartoon-like to be
The concept of the movie, a comic book world with real people,
is a fun one, and hasn’t been done this way before. It’s fun for
about a half hour, but after an hour and a half the blending of
people and cartoon becomes obnoxious.
The film by Kerry Conran, incorporates many new achievements for
film. The actors were filmed in front of a Blue screen and then
added to the movie using computers. Conran has never made a
mainstream movie before, and he was able to get Law, Paltrow and
Angelina Jolie to play the leads in his film. The story is based in
the ’30s, and the plot is the usual evil scientist trying to take
over the world scenario. The only people who can stop him are Sky
Captain, the Stock Hero, and Perkins, the ambitious reporter. Don’t
expect anything too original to happen in the film.
Sky Captain is one of the weirdest movies out today. Kids will
love it, but it isn’t that exciting for a college audience. At
first it is cool to see the actors mixed with the cartoon-like
world, however the film’s trailer shows enough of the movie to
fully appreciate the technology that went into making the film.
It will be exciting to see more films by Conran, after he has
developed his story-telling ability, and combined it with his
unique movie making technique.