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SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW



 

Starring: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, et al.
Director: Kerry Conran

Opening Date: September 17, 2004
 

Doesn’t the pic of the robots on this page look mega cool? Like something straight out of the 1940s Richard Fleischer Superman cartoons, right? Or how about that art deco city straight out of the original 1920s Metropolis?

Retro is the operative word here, and just might be the film’s downfall. Anyone remembered the dismal fate of The Rocketeer (a retro comic-based movie made to cash in on the original late 1980s Batmania) at the box office? Is there anything you can remember from that movie beside Jennifer Connolly and, uhm , that dress she wore? Can you remember the movie at all?

Anyway, with very little advance hype, an awkward title and Angelina Jolie its biggest name star, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow might just go flying in under the radar at the box office upon its release on (already pushed back from an initial July release). After all, Jolie couldn’t even rescue the previous Lara Croft instalment at the box office.

By then the movie-going public would probably feel pummelled by big budget special effects movies, especially if they the whiff of mediocrity about it like Van Helsing and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . . .


 


Plot Summary for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

In 1930's Manhattan, reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) has noted the disappearances of many of the world's most famous scientists. After the city falls under attack of giant flying robots, she decides to team up with her old flame/aviation officer Joseph "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) and fly to Nepal in search of Dr. Totenkopf, whose plan is to destroy the world.

Trivia about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

  • The entire movie was shot against blue- and green-screen, with everything except the main characters computer generated. This was one of several movies to take that approach (although which was first is debatable), including: Immortel (ad vitam) (2004), Casshern (2004), and Sin City (2005).

  • To increase flexibility with the film's editing process, Kerry Conran shot each of the hundreds of extras individually on the blue screen, so that he could manipulate them in the final shot to his own liking without having to reshoot the entire scene.

  • Originally, the title was simply The World of Tomorrow, but was changed so as not to be confused with another 2004 big-budget film, The Day After Tomorrow.

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