Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Reviews
Half of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a film of breathtaking vision and craftsmanship, a work of art that both summarizes the early history of cinema and takes it brilliantly, shimmeringly forward. The other half is not.
Drawing from a well of pulp fiction, film noir and comic book imagery -- not to mention influences from The Wizard of Oz to Fritz Lang's Metropolis -- Conran and crew evoke a highly stylized 1939.
Such an interestingly silly movie that I found myself idly wondering what particular audience was being targeted with its peculiar conceits and infinitude of special effects.
Hybrid of old Hollywood conventions and advanced digital technology is arresting at first but gradually trails off under the weight of its hyper-derivativeness and anxiety to please.