Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Set in 1938, this science-fiction/action film has the feel of old films from that era such as Orson Wells’ “War of the Worlds” or the classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Famous scientists have mysteriously disappeared all around the world, and newspaper reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) has been sent to investigate. While following a lead, Polly hears air-raid sirens and discovers that New York City is under attack by 100-foot-tall robots and strange flying machines. She meets up with ace pilot Sky Captain (Jude Law), an old flame with whom she has a love/hate relationship. They travel around the world to discover who is responsible for the attack. Along the way, they hook up with an extraordinary woman, Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), who has a unique relationship with Sky Captain and is a bit of a threat to Polly. Together they attempt to save the world from disaster.
“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” captures the feel of 1940s films very well. The camera angles, night shots and close-ups are typical of films of that era. Sky Captain and his army are called upon to save the world when hundreds of huge robots are sent to capture generators in almost every major city in the world. Our hero flies circles around the robots and saves earth and his old flame Polly Perkins, for the time being. Polly and Sky Captain have constant friction in their deep rooted love for each other. It is similar to the relationships that Indiana Jones had with his girlfriends. This makes for some fun scenes.
The special effects are typical 1940s as well, with laser beams being shot, and wonderful inventions like a hovering mid air fueling station, run by tough and beautiful Franky Cook.
While mostly free of foul language, sex and graphic violence, there are a couple places where parents should be cautioned. In one scene, a man is electrocuted and is shown burning and becoming a skeleton. This might be too frightening for young children. In another scene, Sky Captain and Polly get off an airplane in a freezing cold mountain region with Polly dressed for a brisk fall day. The men meeting the plane say something in a foreign language which is then shown in sub-titles indicating references to Polly’s nipples.