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Brendan Fraser's family fantasy flick INKHEART screens! 'SKY CAPTAIN' has a short review for you good folks!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. First off, this review is green, leafy, but it just might be completely honest. It comes from a fan of the book and if it's as honest as I hope it is then maybe we're in for a quality family fun film. I'll let you be the judge. PS Apple has the second trailer for the flick here, so give a watch and see if you think it matches up!

Hi Harry, just come back from a screening of the film INKHEART in London. first of all I loved the book by Cornelia Funke, a great concept! The story is of MO (played brilliantly well by Brendan Frazer) and his daughter MEGGIE (Played by Eliza Bennett who delivers a fantastic and heartwarming performance) who both have a gift. When they read aloud a book, characters from the book come into our world but unfortunately characters from our world go into the book world. I won't reveal who goes into the book world as I don't want to spoil it for your readers. now does it have similarities to Harry Potter, yes & no. yes there is a 12 year old girl who has magical qualities to her but really that's where the similarities end. Its brilliantly directed by Iain Softley who had done SKELETON KEY & BACKBEAT and the performances are excellent across the board. Brendan Frazer, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany (who has a great sidekick!), Helen Mirren (always fantastic!) Jim Broadbent and finally Andy Serkis who plays the evil Capricorn and really has fun with it. Its great to see Mr. Serkis in a role that is Motion Captured!!! Talking of CGI, the effects work is pretty outstanding, I think the budget for the film was around $60 million, pretty average for today's blockbuster budgets, but they have spent it wisely. The Creatures are beautifully designed and excuted, the Winged Monkey's, and the fabulous Shadow beast is a marvel to watch. Its great watching a film that isn't cluttered with pointless CGI. The story is at the forefront and it makes a change. So to sum up, its beautifully shot, superbly acted, it'll make you laugh, cry and it has some great action sequences. PLEASE go and see it! if you use this, call me SKY CAPTAIN.

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  • Sept. 30, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST

    First

    by odo19

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Damn he is being kept busy this year

    by deanbarry

    Time for something GOOD though. odo19....lol, well timed.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Damn

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    you don't get much more plant-like than that

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Smells like...

    by Etrigan_

    PLANT! But, hopefully it'll be a good movie. Good cast. The magic sounds a little far fetched (that's right, I said it)

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    what a fucking plant

    by Conans Sword

    thats the biggest fucking plant ive ever heard in my entire life. ive nothing against the film but every word of that was bullshit

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Is this a press release?

    by Midnightxpress

    Cause that ain't no review. Pass me the weed killer...

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Please take 'SKY CAPTAIN' out of the title.

    by Shermdawg

    Those two words immediately caught my eye, and got my hopes up for sequel news. <br><br> I should've known better (and actually read the whole thing before clicking).

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Okay, this review is even for me too plantish.

    by DerLanghaarige

    This reminds me of the Catwoman-review, that I read a few years ago on imdb, where someone talked about sn Oscar-worthy performance by Sharon Stone and how much he enjoyed Catwoman's smart dialogue.<br> I just hope that Inkheart doesn't need plants.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    I couldn't read this...

    by Bootskin

    ...there were too many fucking leaves in the way.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Has to be a Plant...

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    Who the hell even SAW Skeleton Key let alone knows who directed it?

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Trailer is nice but...

    by Roderich

    inkheart's story is just stolen, especially from Ende's great Neverending Story (the book, not the awful motion picture).

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    probably not a plant

    by zom-bot.com

    why would you need to drop propaganda for a family picture here...fantasy or not. most of the TBr's could give a crap about a kid's movie. <P>let's just admit that there may be decent movies every now and then and people may occasionally like them.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Inkheart is a fine story, Roderich

    by Mooseboy

    It's as derivative of many stories that came before it. The Neverending Story builds on other references as well. This should be a dark film. If it isn't, then it will be forgettable pulp like most of what we've seen in recent years.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Winged monkeys? Color me there!

    by Drunken Rage

    And I saw "Skeleton Key." Wasn't so bad.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I tried hard to like this book...but couldn't get into it...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and I read a lot and almost never quit on a book...I think I blame the clunky translation from the original German. Hope the movie is good so I can find out how it all turns out...

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    yeah, sounds like a plant

    by Gungan Slayer

    Laughing the whole way through as I was reading it

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Usually annoyed by plant reviews, but this one was so

    by RandySavage

    obvious and short that was actually a fairly entertaining read.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Why date changed?

    by mara69

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Why date changed?

    by mara69

    If the movie is so good, why did New Line change the release date from March 2008 to Jan 2009?

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    60 mill isn't average for a blockbuster....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ...its more like 90.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    why has this film been in limbo for so long?

    by lilgorgor

    the first trailer was out like... 2 years ago

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I think I can safely say

    by Silverhour

    Not a single frame from that trailer is derived from anything written in the book. Not one single image looked familiar, and I just read Inkheart about 3 months ago. Meggie is supposed to be 10 or so, but she looks like she's 15. She doesn't even know she has the ability until almost the end. She calls out Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, not Toto from Wizards of Oz. Dustfinger doesn't conjuer fire, he doesn't even magically manipulate it, he's just a pyro court jester. There's no tornado storm, no flying monkeys, nothing like that. In other words, the credits should read 'INSPIRED BY -, or LOOSELY BASED ON -, or even BLATENTLY RIPPING OFF AND COMPLETELY REWRITING -' Inkheart. And I didn't even enjoy the book that much, and have no desire to read Inkspell.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    That was positively, absolutely

    by skimn

    the most astonishing review of a mesmerizing, life-changing, soon to be Oscar-winning film EVER<p>to be dumped in the movie wastelands of January...

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Seems to be...

    by The Eskimo

    ...that Sky Captain reviewed on this site before. Maybe I'm wrong...

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    (Knock, knock) Hey, McPlant

    by tvspace

    <sigh> Whatever.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by 7pointedstar

    Every noun in this review is "beautiful," and every verb is done "brilliantly." Use a fucking thesaurus, plant.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Definately a plant

    by Jodet

    'Superbly acted'? We're talking Brendan Frasier here.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Inkheart! Wow! I've seen it a year ago

    by PeterM

    I have seen Inkheart at a preview screening close to a year ago. It is a entertaining movie and it kept me interested, but I wonder what changes they made to it to make it better because there were some plot holes in the movie and some confusing elements that showed up it in the end of the film that negated part of the story line that were not explained in the movie. A big example is that whatever they read "or write" comes to life. I am guessing after a year of reworking it, it must be a lot better now, hopefully.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    MORE PLANT THAN A ZEPPELIN ANTHOLOGY

    by ArcadianDS

    true

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    it is spelled definitely.

    by long live the new chris

    not definately. it kills me when people spell that word wrong. and this definitely is a plant.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Who are these plants?

    by phool2056

    How can I get a job as a plant writer? If that's the quality of writing and the level of deception necessary,Jesus. It could be done by an eight year old.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    by jsm1978

    Well, the review may have that new plant smell, but the trailer there looks pretty entertaining. I've never read the book and don't know a thing about it, so couldn't comment on the complaints about changes.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    the book was great

    by kingben

    it wasa actually fantastic.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    This review aint a plant...its a fucking tree

    by theycallmemrglass

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Sky Captain? Sly Plantain more likely

    by theycallmemrglass

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I Wonder Which of the SAME Story will make more $$$?

    by Cheif Brody

    Brendan Frazier's...or Adam Sandler's? <p> If you follow that link over to the Apple movie trailer page...you'll see the trailer for "Inkheart"...(which I watched yesterday...and some of the visuals are pretty damn cool)...But a few trailers down and to the right...is another trailer for Disney's "Bedtime Stories"...starring Adam Sandler. <p> The trailer for that? Ok...take one part "Inkheart"...one part "Big Daddy"...and one part "Click" and you get the jist. <p> Sandler plays "Skeeter"...that right...."Skeeter"...a handyman who suddenly has to take care of his niece and nephew...(Big Daddy)...Who finds whenever he tells the kids a made up 'bedtime story'...the story comes to life the next day...(Inkheart)...so...he starts using the gimmick to his advantage...but learns something and grows up a bit from the lessons he learns...(Click). <p> So...who will win the battle of the "Storybook comes to life" movie war at the box office? <p> Never bet against the Zohan! <p> BTW...This trailer 'review' was paid in full by Happy Madison Productions. My name is Planty McPlant.

  • Oct. 1, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    My daughter

    by shran

    loves these books, but I wondered as well whether or not they could be translated properly. I hope for her sake that they do a decent job of making a movie out of this. After "Series of Unfortunate Events" and " Eragon" she is pretty well convinced that Hollywood adaptations of her childhood book favorites suck turds. Bright girl.

  • Oct. 1, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    As for changing Tinkerbelle to Toto...

    by Chewtoy

    I know nothing of either book or movie, but I'm guessing that legal issues would force the studio to make some changes when it came to using well known characters. With copyright laws being what they are, I have no idea what's in the public domain, and what each studio has a right to use. It may be that the studio could more easily broker a deal with the family estate in control of "The Wizard of Oz" (if there is one) than they could with "Peter Pan" (likewise).

  • Oct. 1, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Did you know...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...that it is far better to tear lettuce than to cut it if you do not plan on using the entire head? Cutting lettuce destroys the cell walls and causes the lettuce to atrophy quicker whereas tearing the lettuce always rips across the cell walls and allows the lettuce to stay fresh longer.

  • Oct. 1, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Wholly Fuck, I didnt know that Darth

    by theycallmemrglass

    But why cant we still use the entire head after tearing the lettuce?