Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

  • Review Date: January 25, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Lots for both kids and adults to enjoy.
  • Review Date: January 25, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 106 minutes





What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Characters in peril, explosions, shooting.

Sexy stuff

Brief crude humor.

Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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).

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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!

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 17, 2004
DVD release date:January 25, 2005
Cast:Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Director:Kerry Conran
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:sequences of stylized sci-fi violence and brief mild language

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Adult Written byfritzsky April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 14 years old Written byglavin April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

An Underrated Popcorn Flick

While admittedly a bit weak in the story section, the action and amazing special effects made up for that easily. Not enough people have seen this movie.
Teen, 16 years old Written bylltrue April 9, 2008
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Intresting movie...

I watched this last night, and it was very boring to start off. After about 30 minutes into the movie, I liked it. It's all VERY digital and animated. If you don't like that, I wouldn't recommend watching it. Overall, it was bad in any way. I liked it ok.


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