And zeppelins over Long Island!
And giant, flying Mechano-Men pulverizing Packards on Broadway!
And ... uhhh ... Angelina Jolie as the crusty, one-eyed Naval
What ... you thought I was kidding about the Jolie thing?
That's right. I've been sitting around watching the trailer for
“Sky Captain and the World
of Tomorrow,” the lushly rendered, retro-deco futuristic
movie due for release this June. In case you haven't seen it yet,
here — in Quicktime format.
stylistically speaking, Fleischer's “Superman” movies are
widely lauded as a triumph, I don't foresee this as a problem. The acting
does seem a bit wooden, though.
I'm sure I'll enjoy the movie, regardless of how well-written or
acted it is. Frankly, I'm a sucker for retro-futurism any way it's
I even sat through a rerun of “The
Rocketeer” on cable just a couple of weeks ago — and
not for the quality of the acting, believe me. I also used to have a
reprint collection of vintage “Airboy”
comics, although I haven't been able to find it for quite some time.
Regardless of how well it does at the box office, the movie will
forever be footnoted for the dramatic technological leap it
represents in the world of filmmaking. For although all the actors
are real people, none of the scenery surrounding them ever really
If it succeeds on a technical level (and
there's every reason to believe that it will), studios will no
doubt regard this development as excellent news. At a rumored
to produce, “Sky Captain” is already coming on far less
money than your average Hollywood blockbuster.
This can't be very good news for actors, though. In the short
term, it will mean acting is about to get a whole lot duller; emoting
in front of a blue screen that's supposed to be Southern
France ... or Southern France? Which do you think sounds more
In the long term, it means we're one step closer to the Holy Grail
of completely rendered movies — right down to the pixilated
actors themselves. There was already one unsuccessful
attempt at this, but great
advances have been made in the rendering
actors since then.
Frankly, it's inevitable. Welcome to the cubicle, divas!
Y'know, a movie is only a representation of a particular reality,
isn't it? Given that, are you prepared for what this movie represents
for you? Are you prepared
for a future in which fantasy
indistinguishable from reality?
One has to wonder: does the “World of Tomorrow” in the
title refer to events in the movie — or to the reality-warping
real-world technologies it represents?