(out of 5)
Somewhat fun but mostly ponderous exercise in silliness that even Tim Burton’s imaginative camerawork can’t improve. The mammoth cast, including Jack Nicholson (in two roles), Glenn Close and Annette Bening, have a whopping good time bringing the comic-book bubblegum-card series to life, and Wynn Thomas’ production design is a cheesy 1950s science-fiction/Cold War scare movieland dream come true. The few funny moments in the film are left dangling while the dull ones seem to remain in your mind more. Lisa Marie is a hoot as an alien in a glamour girl disguise who glides from place to place searching for human prey.
Tim Burton Productions, Warner Bros.
Directed by Tim Burton
Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky
Produced by Tim Burton, Larry J. Franco
Music by Danny Elfman
Production Design by Wynn Thoma
Costume Design by Colleen Atwood
Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon