i’ve seen the original probably 6+ times, but not at all recently so i only remember the broad strokes and tone/look of the picture. couldn’t tell you how closely it followed the plot and whatnot, though they did leave the mechanical owl out which is too bad. the original was kind of a good bad film. it’s good in a schmaltzy kind of way. good because the effects were weirdly good for the time and it was so otherworldly that it was kind of nice to see. maybe people will look back on sky captain and the world of tomorrow in the same way. that seems a forgotten film, but it had an unforgettable look and was tongue in cheek.
this film has been panned by pretty much everyone and i can kinda see why, but i don’t think they’re looking at it in the right way. it’s not a 3d blockbuster like avatar and it’s no lord of the rings, it’s just a fun, kind of silly movie to pass the time between thinking about getting another parking ticket and wondering if anyone has been shot on your block while you’re at the theater. in that way, the film succeeds. the first 15 minutes have some awful dialogue, but once it gets over that hump it’s a watchable film.Watched in theater