Mars Attacks! review (Blu-ray)

Upon its theatrical release way back in 1996, Mars Attacks! was mysteriously marketed as a “spoof of Independence Day” – which meant audiences were expecting a cross between Airplane! and Will Smith’s body of work. Naturally, they were disappointed.

Tim Burton directed, star-studded spoof of 1950’s post-nuclear Alien Invasion sci-fi, and inspired (somewhat obtusely) by a set of bubblegum cards, Mars Attacks! does exactly what it says on the tin. Big-brained, mischievous little green men from the Red Planet inexplicably invade Earth and its up to our greatest armed forces and intellects to save the day.

Burton’s perverse humour and pastel coloured hyper-reality beam through every frame as Nicholson (in two roles), Close, Bening, Brosnan, DeVito, Parker, Black, Fox, Jones, Steiger, Short, Grier, Haas and Portman all do their darndest to play the campy humour with straight faces.

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Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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