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Review of Mars Attacks! (1996)

I've always liked Sci Fi films involving Aliens etc., and speaking of things I've always liked, I can easily say I'm a fan of Tim Burton, easily. I usually enjoy the works of Tim Burton, though of course there has been a few disappointments from him, including this, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows and without a shadow of a doubt his worst so far (and hopefully his last) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I even, and I'm pretty sure I am in the minority here, I think that Burton did the best Batman films, honesty, Nolan was trying to make Batman much more than it actually was; trying to extend it, which then makes it quite pretentious in some ways. Though Burton said himself he "never reads comic books" yet made the best Batman films. It truly shows you can be quite ignorant in things yet produce what it's all about, like Tim Burton proved.

Now, what I first noticed about Mars Attacks was the huge amount of big names in the cast including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Natalie Portman, Sylvia Sidney, Jack Black, Christina Applegate etc. and I mean, chuck in some Aliens and I guess you've got a film most people will see. I'm not going to say it was awful, dreadful or ghastly etc. because I have learnt not to misuse those words, and only use them when it is 100% the truth. But I can't say I was at all impressed by this film, and sadly another failure from Burton. Big names, but not so big on the entertainment side, especially on the originality; Aliens invade and destroy half of America... nothing we haven't seen before, right?!...Seriously though, will the aliens ever invade some place else for once?!! what about China, The United Kingdom or even Australia??!! why must it always be America. And dump in a idiotic American president along with it, totally lacking any new thoughts and originality. And I always thought that was one of Burton's positives, not in this case it seems though. Defiantly not showing the best of his abilities.

Overall, a highly disappointing film, that lacked originality, constructive thoughts and ideas. Big names, but not-so-big anything else. Also a very slow start to the film, in which that should hardly ever be the case when it comes to a Sci- Fi film, unless you're going to make up for it, which sadly Tim Burton didn't do. This wannabe Sci-Fi film is clear proof that John Carpenter will indeed remain for ever The King of Sci-Fi films. I think Burton should stick to his intriguing 'weird' films that had a extremely high chance of us all enjoying. I can let him off here as, after all, he did bring us Edward Scissor hands, Bettle Juice, Batman and much more. Though I do admit, it was great that Congress got blown-up, yes, I'll admit that. And SJP head on a dogs body, those small parts were great.

Added by youngbloods
6 years ago on 18 March 2013 00:33