A comedy that harks back to 50’s heyday of science-fiction b-flicks. When Martians invade earth, people play victim to their fun and games in a bid to stay alive. However, a nuclear retaliation is in the works.
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Rejecting a conventional focus on 'likeable' characters to instead offer a parade of caricatured eccentrics wiped out in fiendish fashion, Burton's anarchic screwball satire now plays like a beautiful parody of the kind of cinema since popularised by filmmakers like Emmerich & Bay. Puncturing self-serious patriotism at every turn, its post-modern mix of 50s B-movie meets 70s Irwin Allen extravaganza is a chaotic joy.
An under-rated satire, applying '90s mores to the cliches of '50s sci-fi invasion films and '70s star-studded disaster films. The mix of CGI and purposefully clunky practical effects have aged well (one smart gag transitions from screaming crowds on Earth to a similar screaming fleeing crowd in a 70s Godzilla film that the Martians are watching).
This science fiction satire takes the gold, silver and bronze medal for being a wacky over-the-top modern Hollywood produced pulp alien invasion film. It is so tongue-in-cheek that it almost goes through the cheek with a lot of all-knowing stupid scenes like when Tom Jones sing like a Disney star to animals. It is impossible to take any alien invasion movie serious again after this hilarious spoof.
I genuinely enjoyed this film. The costuming and sets are stylized and amazing, I particularly loved SJP's styling and outfits. This move is not intending to be critically good, and acts more as a fun and rolicking dark sci fi comedy. Definitely worth watching.