Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney

Shininess, slashiness

Got to see 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' and was pleasantly surprised that it had people in it as well as the most amazing 1930s techno-paradise ever seen on screen. The plot is splendid pulp nonsense of course, but any film which starts with an airship docking on a skyscraper and has giant robots, dinosaurs and lots of killer robots is doing pulp properly. It looks like Things to Come, and Metropolis and fascist art deco and a lot of sf magazine covers and the backstory on the ways they did it is fascinating, but not as fascinating as the blissful way it looks - this is another film where you come out singing the sets, even though, as we know, they don't actually exist anywhere except in cyberspace.

I've got to write about it, so no extended thoughts for a day or two.

What it also has is is one of the great slash relationships of recent cinema. Sky Captain hares off half way round the world to rescue his loyal sidekick Dex, and when we finally meet his friend Frankie, the one-eyed British ace, she looks langourously at ace reporter Polly and says she's interested to meet the competition. Yeah, right. The competition. Sure thing. Which bit of the British armed forces is Frankie in? The King's Own Fetish Brigade? Rarely has there been so dyketastic a character on screen - or is this just my vague fetish for women in eye patches?

I guarantee that Sky Captain/Dex and Frankie/Polly will be pairings du jour before the month is out - I am almost tempted myself. And Jude Law and Angelina Jolie are so very very shiny and pretty and Gwyneth Paltrow as Polly is annoying in just the right way.

Plus Bai Ling as a mysterious silent villainess straight out of German expressionism in more ways than one - and yes, it's also an Angel crossover moment. There is probably slash to be written around her character, but that would be very wrong.
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