I had my doubts before viewing Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. It was mostly filmed behind a green screen and well with most films even big budget films, you can usually tell what is computer generated and what is real. However as I began watching the film my doubts quickly disappeared. The style that director/writer Kerry Conran went with really complemented the film and added to its nostalgic feel.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is set in the futuristic 1930s at a time when the city of New York finds itself under attack by giant robots. New York City reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) is determined to discover the origin of these attackers and with the help of her ex-boyfriend and ace pilot Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) they set off on an adventure half way across the globe.
Like I had mentioned before I really like what Conran did in terms of the cinematic effects. It really emphasized the time period it was set in and gave the film a very unique feel. It's really something different to watch than your ordinary film. The problems I saw with the film however were its rather straightforward plot, mediocre script and little character development. The acting was average as well, nothing too spectacular, but they did well enough to keep the movie interesting throughout.
Overall I would give Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 7.5 out of 10 stars for its unique style and amazing visual effects. It's a must see for those into classic sci-fi and fun simplistic action.
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" opens September 17, 2004 and is rated PG. Action. Written and directed by Kerry Conran. Starring Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Michael Gambon, Ling Bai.