I have new news about Sky Captain--at least it's news to me. Apparently, Laurence Olivier is playing the bad guy. That's right...I said Laurence Olivier. "But he's dead, isn't he?" is what you are thinking...and you're right.
According to USA Today--and IMDB--they are using archived footage from several of his movies:
This movie hits theaters in less than a week from now (on Friday, September 17th).
To my knowledge, with Indiana Jones 4 still a ways off, this appears to be the only "pulpy" (with some "film noir" thrown in) film on the horizon. Who here (besides me) plans to see this movie when it's released?
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one here excited to see this film (and incidentally, I loved the Crimson Skies PC game from a few years back, though I haven't been able to play the more recent Xbox version since I don't have an Xbox ) .
I was a bit disappointed at first when the film's release date was pushed back a few months, but in retrospect I kinda understand why - instead of getting lost in the glut of movies earlier this summer, it instead pretty much has this week all to itself.
Just got back from the first matinee showing and all I can say is Sky Captain is the reason I go to the movies.
I was pleasantly entertained the entire way through. I loved the combo of old ideas and new. I loved the designs, characters, the overall story was good and the effects were avsolutely amazing!. Just when things seemed even slightly cliche', up pops a new idea or good design of some sort that made me say, WOW! I kept waiting to see the Rocketeer pop up next to Sky Captain's plane while in flight.
I recommend it highly. This is definitley one I can't wait to own. I know we'll get screwed on the initial dvd release, but I'll probably end up buying that and then buy it all over again when the directors cut/special edition/platinum edition/yada-yada comes out.
Agent5, thanks for your quick thoughts without spilling the beans. I admit I was put off by this movie when the release date got pushed back (coming as it did not too long after news that the film was being being tinkered with by Paramount) but the recent positive reviews and reports from people like you has got me thinking I want to see this.
I'll prolly go and see it. I've heard it's supposed to be not that enjoyable, but thats usually the critics who say that and I'm not one who has similar tastes to critics. I watch a film to relax and enjoy it, a critic watches to criticise, whether good or bad. Apparantly there's a nod to King Kong in this movie.
Yes, definite King Kong nod. You can't miss it. I think there's also a nod to Raiders too. As Gweneth's character is heading off to danger she says to her worried boss, "You know what a careful woman I am".
This quote from Roger Ebert (he loved it, BTW) is enough to make me go and see it:
"In its heedless energy and joy, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way."