Mars Attacks! (1996)

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A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, "come in peace." U.S. President James Dale receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler that the Martians' mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation.

Film Overview
"Mars Attacks!" is an American sci-fi comedy movie that was directed by Tim Burton and released in 1996. Motivated by a 1960s trading card series, the film is a parody of science fiction B films with elements of black comedy and political satire. The film features an ensemble cast, which includes Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Danny DeVito to name a few.

Plot Summary
The film begins with the Martian Ambassador and thousands of small green males arriving on Earth in a silver flying dish. They appear friendly initially, where the Martians approach the U.S. President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) and his partner Marsha (Glenn Close) with a seemingly tranquil gesture. However, their real intents are revealed when they open fire on the crowd gathered to greet them, indicating their brutal plan to take control of Earth.

Rich socialite, Barbara Land (Annette Bening), translates the Martian attack as an indication to turn away from materialism, while retired fighter Byron Williams (Jim Brown) combats the invaders in Las Vegas. The Martians create chaos worldwide, damaging landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.

Fight Against Martians
Later on an unpopular conspiracy theorist, Richie Norris (Lukas Haas) and his granny discover an unusual music record that eliminates the Martians when played. The key to their defeat lay in the country music, specifically Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call", which triggers their heads to take off upon hearing it. Ultimately, Richie Norris and his grandma convince the President or the current administration to play this tune over their broadcasting system, triggering mass decimation among the Martians.

Resolutions and Conclusions
Byron, Barbara, and Richie are amongst the few survivors of the attack. Finally, with the majority of the Martian forces obliterated, the survivors begin the job of restoring Earth. The movie ends with the Martian Leader's animal Martian pet dog (the only Martian remaining) chasing after Richie and a former donut store waitress he has actually befriended.

Reception and Impact
"Mars Attacks!" was met with mixed evaluations upon its release, with some critics praising its satirical takes and visual style, and others deeming it too silly or nonsensical. While it didn't accomplish enormous industrial success, it has actually given that developed a cult following for its outrageous humor, iconic Martians, and unique mix of categories.

In conclusion, Mars Attacks! is a quirky and unconventional blend of science fiction, horror, and comedy tropes wrapped in Tim Burton's distinctively spooky yet funny visual design. With a star-studded cast and an unique story that parodies both old B-movies and conventions of the sci-fi genre, it offers lots of offbeat laughs, strange moments, and unforgettable images. Regardless of its dissentious reception, it stays a significant entry in Burton's filmography and an unique interpretation of alien invasion narratives.

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