Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow (2004)

I’m starting to finally work on the backlog of all the movies I watched during last month outside of recommendations.  Netflix went crazy and had about 8 movies expire at the end of the month so I tried to watch all of them.  One of those was Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow.  I’ve never heard much about this one and somehow I always remembering confusing this with Master and Commander.  I never saw that one before but I think its because they came out at about the same time and had a really long title also. Either way, the poster showed a cast I liked so it was all good with me.

Let’s check it out!

sky captain and the world of tomorrowDirector: Kerry Conran

Cast: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling, Laurence Olivier

In a futuristic New York City, there are giant robots set out to sabotage the city and frighten the citizens. In this chaos, ambitious reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) is determined to find her big story.  It is then she joins her ex-lover, Joe aka Sky Captain as they exchange information that she has found on her trails to hopefully stop Dr. Totenkropf as they try to rescue a group of the world’s best scientists from his grasp and prevent him from doing even more harm. However, as great as they are as a duo, they are gradually entering into more and more dangerous areas even if they have the help of female air commander Franky (Angelina Jolie) and technical expert Dex (Giovanni Ribisi).

sky captain robots

Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow is a pretty average movie.  The story is lacking and they don’t develop the characters too much.  However, Sky Captain is also eye candy because the visuals are amazing.  Its all very CGI-y and all but doesn’t stop it from looking like you are watching a live action comic book open up in front of you and acting out all the sequences.  That part makes it fun and entertaining.  Other than Gwyneth Paltrow not really doing great, and I’ve never really enjoyed her in much, maybe thats just me, Jude Law always lights up the screen for me. Just let the man talk and I’m down for whatever he plays. Thats also just a personal preference.

sky captain and the world of tomorrow

What surprised me the most is that usually I’m not a huge fan of Angelina Jolie but in this one, her character Franky was pretty awesome.  This role matched her a lot.  Its too bad that they didn’t give her too much time on-screen as it was dominated by Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.  Franky brought style just like the whole CGI set did 🙂


Honestly, I’m at a loss for how to express myself.  Its been over a week since I’ve seen this and the only part I remember was the awesome effects, the set and some characters.  The story could have been so much better.  Some parts didn’t make a lot of sense and some parts didn’t link well together but then, maybe it was because I was dozing off at parts in the middle. Plus, I didn’t really like Jude Law with Gwyneth Paltrow.  At parts the whole scorned lovers thing works and its pretty funny but in other parts, it just makes the character Polly seem stupid.

Overall, I’m half and half with this one.  There are parts I really really liked and I think that if you like these comic book style, CGI setting movies, this one packs in a lot of style and class.  It has some action which carries the movie along but the story doesn’t really work out too well and its missing something.  If you like Jude Law or Angelina Jolie, I’d say they are quite enjoyable to watch as well. 🙂

Have you seen Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow? What did you think? Are you a fan of Angelina Jolie? Any movies that stands out of hers that you liked? Do you think Gwyneth Paltrow is a good actress?