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.
2.8 stars. At least one of these stars is for the novelty of successfully adapting a bunch of bubblegum cards into a feature film. There's also something cheerfully unwholesome about it that fascinated me as a teenager. Burton's libido soaks into his cinema of this period. Lisa Marie sewn into her dress with her head-crushingly heavy wig and chest rendered bizarrely conic was super hot to me at 14...
The kind of frivolity that introduces and dismisses characters and ideas at will - a logic seemingly driven only to see how far one can be rude and funny and keep within PG-13 for the kiddies and their horrified adults. Slim Whitman was a badass.
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.