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Movie Review: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Alternate Title: Everything Old is New Again

Story: Take a pinch of Flash Gordon, a teaspoon of The Wizard of Oz, a splash of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, a heap of Jurassic Park and a taste of Lost Horizon, shake them up while adding some really good digital stuff and out comes Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

The world is threatened by mysterious monsters in an art deco recreation of what Gotham looked like in 1939. Our hero, Sky, along with an insufferably annoying ace reporter, Polly Perkins, go on an extreme adventure to save the world.

This visually entertaining film is mostly style, lots of borrowed material with little substance. I got bored after about 45 minutes. However, if you are looking for a good escape and want to see some fantastic imagery on the big screen this film is for you. Hats off to fist time director Kevin Conlan for a pretty good first effort. It will be interesting to see what he can do with a good script in the future.

The outcome is known inside of 10 minutes but the trip to the conclusion is visually cool.

Acting: Jude Law is good in everything. I am a big fan. Gweneth Paltrow has been better. Giovanni Ribisi is a great character actor and I like his work.

Predilection: I like visually interesting films and I like Jude Law. Word is that he will be in six new films that are opening before the end of the year. Do I hear the word 'overexposure'?

Critters: Lots of fantastic creatures, little elephants, giraffes and a cow.

Food: No time to eat when you are saving the world.

Visual Art: A visual smorgasbord.

Theater Audience: A handful of happy fans.

Predictability Level: Over the top.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: I did not like it enough to nit pick.

Big Screen or Rental: If you like this type of thing that the big screen is a must. How about checking out some of Giovanni Ribisi's other work: Cold Mountain, Lost in Translation, Heaven (one of my favorite films), The Gift and Saving Private Ryan.

Length: 105 minutes.