Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow podcast episode copyright 2021
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow movie poster

Welcome to this week’s episode where we talk about everything but the actual movie we were supposed to watch! Also Amir and Erin really get their Matthew McConaughey impressions down pat. He wasn’t part of the movie either.

I’m sorry, Victor. I know you love this movie. We did not. The animation was good, and I love the costuming, but the screenplay was so drawn out and convoluted that everything kind of fell flat. It was exhausting keeping up with what was supposed to be going on, the pacing never really settled into a rhythm, and the ever changing plot twists and points and story arcs made it too easy to lose track of what was going on or for Joe and Polly to really settle into good, witty banter enough to justify the ending. Mind you, it’s not like I think we could do better. I was secretly hoping for something we would really enjoy though.

This came out in 2004 from Paramount Pictures and was written and directed by Kerry Cochran. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Polly and Jude Law as Joe, the Sky Captain.


  1. nscovell says:

    I loved the tone and styling of this movie. From the cinematic soft filter to the sounds to the camera casing buttons, everything is deep and atmospheric. It’s just a shame the story couldn’t capture a good vibe. Too many highs and lows. It may have worked in small snippets like a classic film series like Flash Gordon or the rocketeer because there’s just too many events taking place. One thing always outweighs the other thing. Giant robots, mysterious caped villain, Flying Fortress, dinosaurs on an island…. It’s just too much!


    1. I know! It was beautifully made, but it was as if it couldn’t decide what story to tell, so it just tried to tell all of them.

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