Director: Tim Burton

1996. 106 mins, USA. 35mm

This film screened 29th July 2018.

Screening as part of our Dark Skies: Invasion season July 7th to 29th.

Tim Burton’s irreverent love letter to his precious ‘50s sci-fi B-movies was – then and now – an expensive, deliriously over-the-top folly; there is a sense of a lucrative director being indulged, but for all that, Mars Attacks! stands as a breathlessly entertaining romp.

When malevolent, bug-eyed, bulbous-brained Martians invade earth intent on global annihilation, humanity mounts a counter attack under the aegis of American president James Dale (Jack Nicholson). Burton keeps the madcap action at fever pitch and elicits suitably camp performances from a heavyweight cast including Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan and Danny DeVito.

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