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Mars Attacks! (1996)

Director:
Tim Burton
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Science Fiction / Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mars Attacks!

RUNNING TIME
102 minutes

Producer:
Tim Burton
Larry J. Franco
Screenwriter:
Jonathan Gems
Tim Burton


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
President Dale/Art Land Jack Nicholson
Marsha Dale Glenn Close
Barbara Land Annette Bening
Donald Kessler Pierce Brosnan
Rude Gambler Danny DeVito -
Jerry Ross Martin Short
Nathalie Lake Sarah Jessica Parker
Jason Stone Michael J. Fox
Gen. Decker Rod Steiger
Himself Tom Jones
Richie Norris Lucas Haas
Taffy Dale Natalie Portman
Byron Williams Jim Brown -
Louise Williams Pam Grier -
Billy Glenn Jack Black -
Sharona Christina Applegate -
Richie's Dad Joe Don Baker -
Maurice, the French President Barbet Schroder -

 

Review

The only thing separating Tim Burton from Roland Emmerich in 1996 was the level of irony and self-mockery. As a clear homage to the sci-fi B-movies from the '50s and '60s, Burton throws himself into all the narrative and thematic cliches he can remember from said period. Whereas Emmerich failed in creating something original with Independence Day, Burton clearly states his disinterest in originality and predilection for nostalgia and excess (best exemplified through one of the world's best in this respect, Mr. Tom Jones). Mars Attacks may well be ignored and forgotten among critics just as quickly as the films upon which it is inspired, but it's nevertheless a fun film which also sends Hollywood a message about not taking itself too seriously.

Copyright 25.03.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 02.11.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)