I’d really been looking forward to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. What a great idea — bringing modern big budget special effects to an homage to science fiction movie serials! So I rushed right out to a matinee on Saturday.
It’s too late for me, but perhaps not for you. Sky Captain is two hours of your life you’ll never get back. This movie makes the Matrix movies and Tim Burton’s Batman look like triumphs of substance over style.
There are some great visuals, but nothing else. I expected stock characters — the poster had might as well have captioned Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow with “square-jawed hero” and “plucky girl reporter.” I expected a silly adventure story.
But I also expected something I could care about enough to suspend disbelief. And despite that I wanted to like this movie… I didn’t.
Wait for the video and fast-forward through all the parts where people say anything. Just watch the action sequences. It’ll be much better that way.