Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Lots for both kids and adults to enjoy.
  • PG
  • 2004
  • 106 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence & Scariness

Characters in peril, explosions, shooting.

Sexy Stuff

Brief crude humor.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a good deal of intense peril and violence, including gunplay and explosions. There are some grisly images (skeletons, dead body) and some scary-looking robots. There's brief crude humor including non-sexual nudity (nothing shown).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 8-year-old Written byMinnesotaLeo January 9, 2013

Highly recommended for kids and adults

My 5 year-old daughter and 7 year-old son loved this movie (as did I). Kids who are very sensitive to "scary" things may find a few parts unsettling... Continue reading
Adult Written byTvic December 18, 2020

Language is present

Good movie - maybe for a little older kids, but there’s plenty of action to keep fans of Marvel movies and other similar genres interested. It DOES contain “dam... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGabix13 December 12, 2012


what the hell did i just watch....
Teen, 16 years old Written byGreenMaple January 22, 2012


A good movie for a wide age range. "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is an imaginative and clever movie that's great to watch with a group... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SKYCAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, dashing pilot Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) investigate the disappearance of a group of top scientists and the invasion of enormous robots in this magnificently imaginative tribute to the adventure films of the 1930's. Solving the puzzle -- and saving the world -- takes them from Manhattan to Tibet, from an aircraft landing strip that floats above the clouds to a dynamite-packed abandoned mine and the depths of the ocean. And every bit of it except for the actors, costumes, and a few props, is made from nothing but imagination and pixels.

Is it any good?

The story is an unabashed and un-ironic tribute to the days of cliff-hanger serials. The antagonistic-lover banter benefits from snappy delivery, but it's not quite up to the best of the 30's dialogue. It is not always easy to step back from amazement and admiration for the technology of the film to just enjoy the story. The scenes are superbly imaginative and Conran does more than create arresting visuals. He creates a world with consistent (and very dramatic) light sources and a sense of three-dimensional believability.

Paltrow and Law are fine, as are Giovanni Ribisi as Law's mechanical whiz buddy who gets kidnapped by the robots and Angelina Jolie with an eye-patch as the endlessly sporty Commander Frankie, especially considering that they all spent weeks in an empty room being told to move precisely two feet to the right and then look amazed or resolute.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they would photograph if they only had two shots left. Why? Why would Conran have The Wizard of Oz playing when Polly was at the theater? Why that particular scene? If you could design an entire movie, when and where would it take place and what would it look like? Conran's reported next film will take place on Mars!

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