Director TIM BURTON unleashes MARS ATTACKS!, a vicious, affectionate, brightly-colored homage to 1950s alien invasion movies, starring JACK NICHOLSON, GLENN CLOSE and PIERCE BROSNAN
1996 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved
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Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.
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Fresh: The film's penchant for repetition is faithful to its '50s source material and is the very quality that turns Mars Attacks! into such a marvelously unstable comedy.
- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Saturday, January 1, 2000
I love this movie, it's stupid but again it's a goofy comedy, what do you expect? I love how they kill the alien with Sam Whitmore's Indian love call. Classic!
- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010
This may be one of Tim Burton's more underrated and lesser films, but this zany homage to cheesy 50s alien invader films is nonetheless very well done, hugely entertaining, and a whole lot of gleefully campy fun. It's actually rather dark and a little gruesome (this is a Burton film overall), but it comes across as kind of shocking since it is supposed to be a tribute film. The spirit of the old stuff remains, just in a revamped and glossy form better fit for the 90s. Still though, there's a lot of good gags, and the overall look and special effects are just awesome. As a bonus, they still hold up pretty nicely, too. The star studded cast is pretty awesome, and they generally do a good job, and it's clear they're having a lot of fun and not taking themselves too seriously, and that's a good thing. Probably the best part of the cast for me, besides the inclusion of two blaxploitation stars, is the inclusion of the voice of Slim Whitman, which is used to great effect in a wonderfully inspired solution to the problem of the invading aliens. All in all, a fun movie I definitely recommend.
- cosmo313, Tuesday, November 27, 2012