Bros. Video | Review by Dan Taylor
brought both the laughable INDEPENDENCE
DAY and this laugh-out-loud
sci-fi spoof. Inexplicably, while MARS ATTACKS!
languished at the box office during the
Christmas holidays, ID4 blew away box office
records and established Will Smith as a
bankable star. Where's the justice?
on the classic Topps trading cards, MA!
harkens back to the aliens of yesteryear.
No Giger-esque, drooling, tentacled creatures
for Jack Nicholson and Tom Jones to fight.
Instead, these short, bug-eyed, throbbing-brained
little green men bark out their strange
language and fry every human in sight. Even
while their translator preaches peace and
harmony. I can't be the only one
who thinks this is funny!
director Tim Burton bit off more than he
could chew with this satire. Remember, it'd
only been a few months since ID4 ended its
box office run. Perhaps viewers didn't want
to be mocked so exceedingly after dumping
dollar after dollar into that film's coffers.
Intentional or not, MARS ATTACKS! lands
pointed jabs at the silly alliances, outrageous
coincidences, and insulting plot contrivances
of the more popular alien invasion flick.
dark, often-menacing sense of humor has
worked effectively in films like BEETLEJUICE,
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, BATMAN RETURNS, and
ED WOOD. Here, the results are more hit-or-miss,
perhaps due to the IT'S A MAD, MAD...WORLD-sized
cast that populates the epic. I might've
been pissed had I shelled out $7, but for
the price of a $3 rental it's a fun way
to blow an evening.