Mars Attacks! (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1996.  Tim Burton Productions, Warner Bros..  Screen story and Screenplay by , based on the trading card series by , , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Tim Burton, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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. is a hoot as an alien in a glamour girl disguise who glides from place to place searching for human prey.

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