Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow  - A  Narada Film Review

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    Sky Captain  
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - 2004   - Kerry Conran -Director & Jon Avnet -Producer
    Based loosely on The Wizard Of Oz and Terry And The Pirates....   Based loosely on Star Wars and James Bond 007...   Based loosely on Flash Gordon (1980) and Indiana Jones...   Based loosely on Lara Croft - Tomb Raider...Director Kerry Conran manages to undo SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW in the same manner committees undo great corporations.   That is to say, utterly and completely.
        Imagine you are in Starbucks and you are ordering a cappuccino, but your server puts the milk in and froths it up and serves it to you, forgetting entirely to put in any coffee.   It couldn't be called a "cappuccino", but it certainly could be called SKY CAPTAIN.    But don't be misled, as an Hollywood insider, I can assure you that this film is the result of an ongoing wager between Director Kerry Conran and Don Mancini, the director of the soon to be released Seed Of Chuckie- the winner of the bet will be whoever can make the most money with the most mindless film.   We'll keep you posted on who is the eventual winner.   (...And Hollywood is wondering why Iran is doing better in the international film festivals than America is...)
        To say the same thing in another way, SKY CAPTAIN could be an animated version of People Magazine, where the audience can sit and watch fashionable, popular, glitzy movie stars and other "hot properties" strut in front of scenic backdrops.   The story, although one originally existed, has been made so cartoonishly unbelievable, that eating one's popcorn becomes more interesting - unless of course one actually enjoys going to movies just to see the movie stars....
        Any film which posts in it's credits, "Visual Effects Outsourcing" as an instrumental part of the production, and who pulls in at the top of a dozen Special Effects companies such names as Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm), had better be prepared to put their picture where their mouth is.   With that lineup of visual wizardry, you would expect something slightly better than Lord Of The Rings.    Instead we get something slightly less than the original Star Wars.   
      LEAST Enduring Line or Phrase:  "..I'm a liar, but I don't exaggerate."

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