This is some super zany fun. Perhaps Tim Burton's most enjoyable feature.
The star-studded cast is put to good use, with Nicholson (x2), Brosnan, and Jim Brown shining the hardest. DeVito, Fox, Black, Applegate, Grier, and the rest do well too, but those first few pull most of the weight where the comedy is concerned.
Make no mistake, this is a comedy first and foremost. It's drenched in campy, 50's cartoon sci-fi, but it's a comedy through and through.
The intensely dark nature of the film fits perfectly with the silly, totally unbelievable look of the Martians, both in terms of design and CG reproduction. Everything seems fantastical and diabolical at the same time. Genuine unease exists alongside whimsy and…