Playwright Jonathan James, the film’s screenwriter, compiled his experiences from the production in the script for Memoirs of a Mars Attack, which he published this year.
A fleet of Martian spaceships surrounds the major cities of the world and is waiting for all of humanity to see if it is Visitors from outside the land really “come in peace”, they claimed. President of the United States, James Dell (Jack Nicholson), receiving assurances from science professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) assuring him that a friendly Mars mission. But when the peaceful exchange ends with the complete annihilation of the US Congress, the military demands an all-out nuclear response.
This is an argument Mars attacks! (Mars attack!), opposite the box office Tim Burton It is at the same time his masterpiece, messy and fun, and currently a classic of science fiction and the grotesque.
Available on the platform HBO MaxThe film originally hit theaters in December 1996, just six months after another movie with the same alien theme, independence Day, became the second greatest movie of all time and raised Will Smith as an international star. The film has established itself as a Hollywood blockbuster, with its charismatic and patriotic heroes coming together to defeat an overwhelming evil force, amidst multi-million dollar action scenes.
close to her, Mars attacks! He got up, or rather sat down, like Unsuccessful, by raising $37 million under its $70 million budget (according to Box Office Mojo).
But these details are not so simple and do not detract from their merits. Writer and actor Tom Rayman comments in a review on the matter: “It’s the closest film Burton has ever become a rebel, which is apt to say given that the film is based on a series of collectible playing cards expressly designed to annoy parents.” a story.
It is between jokes and scenes that may seem a little ridiculous that, according to each viewer, Burton’s criticism of his country’s policies is really veiled, the real reason for this production. The main dynamic of the film is that those in a position of power (scientists, world leaders, the military) are shown as cowards or caricatures of their own power, who simply do not want to accept that They are not prepared to deal with the threats to the community they are protecting. By contrast, Martians just want to wreak havoc in the simplest way possible.
Another curiosity of the film is that the story has been in the works since the 1980s, led by playwright Jonathan James, who wrote several drafts of this idea for Burton and was ultimately the only person who ended up getting the screenwriting credit for the film. ejaculate. Gems were also shown in the middle of this year, when the film was released on the subscription platform, his experiences in production, in script. Memoirs of Mars AttackssA must-book for die-hard fans of this misunderstood movie.
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