It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity?Written by
Tim Burton had wanted the Martians brought to life via stop-motion animation, but finally went with CGI. The animators told Burton they could animate the Martians without motion blur to make them look more "stop-motiony," but Burton decided against that. See more »
When the aliens break into the president's compound, you can see where the door is going to split before it is blown open. See more »
Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »
A television ad had Marsha Dale saying (over the desicion of what to do about the Martians): "Kick the crud out of them!" which was an edit to what she said in the theatrical version: "Kick the crap out of them!" See more »
This lovingly created 50's movie homage by Tim Burton is one of my favourite sci-fi comedies. Since I regularly watch these kinds of movies, for example the work of late and great Ed Wood, I know the settings and the plot quite well, and most of the things in Mars Attacks! are spot on.
The cast is truly remarkable too. Never has so many actors fought for so little screen time without over-acting. Jack Nicholsson almost manages to steal the show with his two characters, but there are lots of other actors doing various roles, ranging from Pierce Brosnan as the sophisticated scientist(smoking a pipe!), Danny de Vito as a lawyer, Tom Jones as himself, Natalie Portman, Tim Burton's girlfriend Lisa Marie, Glenn Close, Michael J Fox(yay!) and quite a few others I've missed.
The effects are cheesy but well-made. Multi-coloured skeletons from multicoloured alien ray-gun blasts, flying saucers which are truly that(flying saucers), and lot's of pyrotechnics.
The aliens are really cool and come straight out of one of the cultiest of all 50's movies(I've sadly forgotten the title). Huge brains, staring eyes, and a sadistic sense of humour.
I recommend this movie to anyone who likes the cheesiness of old-time sci-fi and can appreciate Tim Burton's love for it. 10/10
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