Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks!-1996, directed by Tim Burton, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Benning, Pierce Brosnan, Danny Devito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Jack Black, Lisa Marie, and Christina Applegate

He says- Overly self-satisfied spoof of '50s alien-invasion movies (and '50s attitudes) has Martians landing in flying saucers.  President Nicholson urges calm and reason, but the little guys turn out to be predators...nasty ones at that!  Great effects and animation (of the Martian characters) but awfully broad and one-note in tone, spoofing something that's already funny in the straight-faced originals of the period.  One can't completely dislike a film in which Slim Whitman figures so prominently, however.  Inspired by a gum card series of the same name.  2 and a half stars.

I say-  Very enjoyable cast, not that enjoyable of a movie though.  I feel like the ending was anticlimactic, and there were far too many characters; it almost seemed as though Burton called his friends and offered them bit parts in a movie to make a large movie.  I saw this when I was younger and felt pretty much the same way as I do now, which is love the actors, dislike the movie.  One and a half stars.

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