The Top 20 Steampunk movies you must see
Welcome vaporist. We will explore films in the Steampunk genre or strongly influenced by it.
Steampunk is a combination of fantasy and science fiction, often creating works that have a huge success. With the overwhelming impact of writers like Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson and H. G. Wells, there is a singular but undoubtedly inventive universe. Terry Gilliam, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Katsuhiro Ohtomo, Karel Zeman and Hayao Miyazaki have used it to make incredible films.
The Steampunk style reminds us of Victorian England (late 19th century) with its coal and steam engines. As if electricity was never discovered, imagine a world of steam engines with unrealistic dimensions. Not to mention flying ships, steam-powered robot insects, huge submarines, breathtaking cannons, and so on. Well, this retro-futuristic world is nothing more than a Steampunk world.
The following is a list of the best steampunk movies that are suitable for families. Ingenious, entertaining movies with tons of imaginary locations and filled with spectacular action scenes, even if they're not blockbusters. Each film features steampunk, dieselpunk and Victorian clothing, parallel worlds, innovative steam engines, gadgets, lots of imagination and good humour. And these are popular steampunk movies, superb and visually stunning to represent the genre. You can get an idea by watching the trailer, and if we make you want to see the movie, all the better.
1- A Trip to the Moon (1902)
- Director: Georges Méliès
- Main actors: Georges Méliès, François Lallement, Jules-Eugène Legris
One of the most emblematic silent films and certainly the most famous image of the pre-fiction era, this film has been studied and discussed for more than a century. You know, some films are famous for certain scenes. Many of them have lines of dialogue that can be quoted.
However, there is a very small exclusive club of films that are remembered and symbolized by a single image. A face in the moon with a rocket in the eyes. This image is so famous that it is immediately recognizable, even for those who have never seen a single silent film. It has been mentioned and imitated in everything - from children's books to music videos.
Méliès wrote the script, played the lead role in the film, designed the sets and costumes, directed, photographed and produced the film! He even hired acrobats from the Folies Bergères to play the lunar inhabitants named Selenites, and the dressed assistants who threw the cannon were dancers from the Châtelet ballet.
Méliès' 400th film, the most remarkable (only six years after the legendary first screening of the Brothers of Light), was made with an astronomical budget of 10,000 francs, very risky, but worthy of interest because it was a huge success.
A group of men went to the moon by being shot at in a capsule with a giant cannon. They are captured by moon men, escape and return to earth. The same movie that Martin Scorsese used in "Hugo" is one of the best steampunk movies in history!
Inspired by the books of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, George Méliès, a pioneer of cinema, makes a film about a rocket that is sent to the moon. As in the works of Verne and Wells, the film became steampunk because of the time it was shot. Even steampunk is a sub-genre from science fiction, you only need elements from the 19th century or before to fall into this genre. Since the shooting at the beginning of the 20th century, it became not only one of the first science-fiction films, but also one of the first steampunk genre.
The 12 minutes and 52 seconds long film is on YouTube and is considered one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. All this makes it a film that every moviegoer should watch.
2- HUGO CABRET (2011)
-Director: Martin Scorsese
- Scriptwriters : John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
- Main actors: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a historical adventure film based on Brian Selznick's novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". An incredible movie - a MUST to see and see again because this movie will thrill you!
Hugo is an orphan who lives within the walls of a train station in the 1930s in Paris. He found out how to set the clocks and the different devices of his father and uncle that he uses to operate the station's tickers. The only thing he has left that associates him with his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that does not work without a key. Hugo must find the key to solve the mystery around his father.
What is interesting as a steampunk fan is that Hugo, in his adventures, meets Georges Méliès, who works at the train station, with his goddaughter. Hugo discovers that they have a connection with his father and the automaton, and he discovers that this unlocks some of the memories the old man has buried inside him about his past.
"Hugo" celebrates the birth of cinema and the preservation of old films. The film also talks about his dreams and how important it is to try to live them.
3- The Prestige (2006)
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Scriptwriters : Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
- Main actors: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson
It is the end of the 19th century, we are in London. Robert Angier, his dear wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. But when Julia dies accidentally during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies.
From that moment on, both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging each other's performance on stage. When Alfred succeeds in a trick, Robert becomes obsessed with the idea of revealing his rival's secret - but with tragic consequences. In the end, two stage magicians engage in a "fight" in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.
What makes this film so incredible is that while it is a film about magicians (or illusionists), it is also a complex character study of self-destructive obsessions. A very well told story, the appearance of Nicolas Tesla and a palpable steampunk universe. A unique plot with an astonishing cast.
4- Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
- Director: Hayao Miyazaki
- Scriptwriters : Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay), Diana Wynne Jones (novel)
- Main actors: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin
"The Walking Castle" is based on a fantasy novel written in 1986 by author Diana Wynne Jones, the first of a trilogy of books featuring the wizard Hauru, a powerful and vain man who lives in a castle that moves around and can turn into a giant bird.
The Moving Castle is a love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch in the body of an old woman, and a wizard named Hauru. Under the curse, Sophie goes in search of her fortune, which brings her to the strange moving castle.
In the castle, Sophie meets the fire demon named Calcifer. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie - if she breaks his contract with Hauru, then Calcifer will lift the curse on Sophie, and she will return to her 18-year-old form.
Considered by many to be one of Hayao Miyazaki's best works, this steampunk film is an impressive and visually stunning animated film with a complex story. Like any Miyazaki film, it is a moving and dynamic experience that takes the audience into strange worlds of fantasy and remarkable inventions.
The steampunk elements are well known here - the castle itself is perhaps one of the best inventions of the genre! The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film in 2003 and remains one of the most famous works of its impressive director. It is a very interesting experience that can be watched and enjoyed by all audiences.
5- BRAZIL (1985)
- Director: Terry Gilliam
- Scriptwriters : Terry Gilliam (screenplay), Tom Stoppard (screenplay)
- Main actors: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro
"Brazil" is a variant of George Orwell's novel, 1984. The film takes place in a time and place that seems vaguely like our own, but with different mores and politics. Society is controlled by a monolithic organization and citizens lead a life of paranoia and control.
The film is filled with violent, intense and bloody scenes, including torture, explosions in public places, bloody bodies and body parts, gunfire and the oppression of civilians by a large number of police troops. Because of this violence, and because of the film's dark tone, hilarious characters and often profound sequences, the film is not recommended for younger audiences .
Sam Lowry is an unnecessarily convoluted and ineffective technocrat. He dreams of a life where he could get away from technology and bureaucracy and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Tuttle, Lowry meets the woman he is still pursuing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has accused him of being responsible for a series of terrorist bombings, and Sam and Jill's lives are in danger.
Brazil" gives everyone hope for a world where people are free to live, dream and protest. After all, as Harry Tuttle would say, "We are all in the same boat".
6- The City of Lost Children (1995)
- Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- Scriptwriters : Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- Main actors: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet
"The City of Lost Children" offers a bizarre and breathtaking experience with fantastic visual settings. In a surreal and bizarre society, children have been abducted by an evil scientist, Krank, who wants to steal their dreams, stop and reverse his accelerated aging process.
As strange as it may seem, this French film (cocorico) is considered one of the best examples of steampunk in cinema. It is a dark fantasy with a strong use of 19th century science fiction sets. It is said to be a tribute to the works of Terry Gilliam.
Although it is certainly not everyone's favorite film, it is definitely an experience in every way.
7- THE ILLUSIONIST (2006)
- Director: Neil Burger
- Scriptwriters : Neil Burger (screenplay), Steven Millhauser (short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist")
- Main actors: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti
At the end of the 19th century in Vienna, the famous illusionist Eisenheim found the Duchess von Teschen when she volunteered to participate in an illusion at one of her performances.
Although they had not seen each other for fifteen years when they were teenagers, they recognized each other almost immediately as Eduard Abramovitch and Sophie von Teschen, who at the time had an impossible love because of their class differences. The Duchess is soon to marry Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him an arranged marriage in search of power. And the plot continues....
This film is breathtaking in many ways. Visually, inside and out, there is a great deal of coherence and everything is perfectly under control. The story is fluidly woven, you become attached to the characters very quickly. "The Illusionist" stages a fascinating parable about art, religion and politics - and the blurred boundaries between them.
8- SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (2011)
- Director: Guy Ritchie
- Scriptwriters : Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney
- Main actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris
Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson join forces to thwart and defeat their fiercest opponent, Professor Moriarty.
Sherlock Holmes investigates terrorist attacks in London only when his former partner, Dr. John Watson, marries Mary a few days later. His research points to Professor James Moriarty as the person responsible for the explosions. When Dr. Watson and Mary are attacked on the train while traveling on their honeymoon, Holmes delivers Mary to the protection of her brother, Mycroft.
Soon, Holmes and Watson reveal that Professor Moriarty has bought weapons and ammunition factories and is trying to start a war in Europe, killing leaders and politicians. Sherlock and Watson must now arrest Moriarty and his dangerous associate, the clever former colonel Sebastian Moran, to avoid the impending war.
The film begins with a massive explosion in Strasbourg, followed by similar pyrotechnics in London, Paris and Germany, punctuating endless chases, train fights and battles that culminate in a body count that anticipates the world war that Holmes seeks to avoid.
9- MORTAL ENGINES (2018)
-Director : Christian Rivers
-Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
-Actors: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving
Mortal Engines was originally a dystopian adventure novel by British author Philip Reeve, published in 2001, the first of the "Mortal Engines quartet".
The film is essentially a Star Wars steampunk, with a little bit of Gilliam and Gaiman. At the end, in fact, the similarities with George Lucas' great creation become so obvious that we can speak of a kind of homage?
We are in a post-apocalyptic world, the Earth having been ravaged by a "60-minute war", which created a devastated landscape. In some places, there are so-called "static colonies", but the earth is traversed by moving cities, which are now moving in a sinister and predatory manner, swallowing up less mobile communities, enslaving their populations, using buildings for fuel and above all to reclaim "low-tech": pre-digital machines and technologies of the kind that, however damaged and rusty they may be, can still be repaired and put into service, especially for war purposes.
There's some good stuff in Mortal Engines especially for steampunk fans, and the performances are quite fun. But Mortal Engines is not a particularly exciting or funny movie, and the idea of the city on the move is a stylistic and visual take-it-or-leave-it trick. One has to wonder exactly how the colossal technical feat of putting a city on wheels and moving it around was achieved, especially in an era when technology is getting poorer and poorer, it is admitted. The engines of this film are stuttering.
10- 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)
- Director: Richard Fleischer
-Writer: Earl Felton (screenplay)
- Key Players: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is Disney's version of Jules Verne's 19th century classic novel of the same name. The visionary Jules Verne wrote about submarines and diving suits in the 19th century, when it was all science fiction. The Walt Disneys studio made Verne's ambitious tale of the high seas into the studio's first live action film, and the result was impressive as early as 1954.
The oceans at the end of the 19th century were not a safe place - many ships were lost. Sailors returned to port with the story of a vicious giant whale with a long horn that sank their ships. The plot of the film (which has little to do with Verne's original) involves Professor Aronnax and his two companions, Conseil and Ned Land, who board an American warship to participate in the search for the mysterious sea monster in an attempt to unravel the mystery.
Watch the original 1954 version to get the full steampunk effect. This film is considered by many to be the quintessence of the genre. It's like a steampunk version of Moby Dick!
11- April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
- Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
- Scriptwriters : Franck Ekinci (screenplay), Benjamin Legrand (screenplay)
- Main players: Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort
The world is radically different from the one we know in the history books. We are in 1941 and geopolitics has developed strangely: Napoleon V reigns over France and for 70 years scientists have mysteriously disappeared, depriving man of his inventions.
Deprived of radio, television, electricity, aviation and the combustion engine, the world is immersed in outdated technology, drowsing in the know-how of the previous century dominated by coal and steam. In this inept universe, Avril, a teenage girl, Darwin, her talking cat, Pops, her grandfather and Julius, a young police informer, set out to find Avril's parents, two of the missing scientists. They will face many dangers and mysteries in this strange new world.
"April and the Faked World" is an animated film that makes perfect use of steampunk elements to tell the charming story of a young girl in search of her parents. It takes place in a world where there are no trees and the air is so bad that people can't live without the use of masks. This is a perfect example of the steampunk genre.
And yet, in spite of that, it happens to be a beautiful story that adults and children can enjoy. It has powerful visual parameters, brings classic and nostalgic animated settings that work perfectly for the movie. The animation is hand-drawn, which gives it a cheerful retro look.
12- TREASURE PLANET (2002)
- Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
-Scriptwriters : Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel "Treasure Island"), Ron Clements (screenplay)
- Key Players: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
The original plot, Treasure Island, was about a young man named Jim Hawkins, the son of a family who owned a local inn. After the death of an old sea captain named Billy Bones, Jim and his mother open the sailor's trunk and discover a map. It is later revealed that it is a treasure map of the famous pirate Captain Flint. The rest of the story follows the young boy's quest for wealth.
The story of the film is essentially that of Stevenson's classic tale of pirates and adventure on the seas, while its setting and visual language are largely inspired by the classic Lucas Star Wars series (in particular The Phantom Menace).
"Treasure Planet" is an animated reinterpretation of this classic story in a science-fiction setting. An interesting mix of computer animation and hand-drawn animation.
13- Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Scriptwriters : Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (story)
- Key Players: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones
In this sequel to the adventure of the demonic superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures as he declares war on mankind. His mission is to free the Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race.
As hell on Earth is about to break out, Hellboy and his friends must venture into a strange and ancient kingdom to stop the Golden Army and Prince Nuada from destroying humanity.
The film takes place in a world of gods and monsters, and some of the creations are surprising, inventive, strange, grotesque, dangerous and as frightening as they are fascinating. The design of the creature is extraordinary, an Art Deco masterpiece - especially in the impressive troll market.
"Hellboy II" has an overall light and fantastic tone; it never becomes too oppressive or sinister for teenagers and adults who love fantasy. In addition, his visual imagination is stunning to see. Del Toro is doing exceptionally well as a director. He never lets fantasy become the focus of the film, rather he focuses on the characters and delivers action scenes that can be described as grandiose.
14- STEAMBOY (2004)
- Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo (like Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
- Scriptwriters : Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Ôtomo (like Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
The story follows 3 generations of a British family involved in the technological race involving steam. Rei is a young inventor living in the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century.
It is the eve of the World's Fair, a technological showcase. Ray Steam, living in London, is caught in a turmoil of danger when a mysterious package containing the enigmatic Steam Ball is sent to his home with the permission of his grandfather Lloyd.
Lloyd desperately wants to prevent the Steam Ball from falling into the hands of the O'Hara Foundation, a gigantic company dedicated to innovation and run by a disconcerting character who is associated with Ray in more ways than one. They need the Steam Ball to propel a mechanical monster like the world has never seen before - and it's up to Ray to stop them.
As its name suggests, this animated film is full of steam. The film has intriguing ideas about human lives governed by machines, which is why the technology in "SteamBoy" looks promising. Ôtomo had been working on the film for 10 years, drawing countless animation cells by hand and using computer resources.
15- Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
- Director: Brad Silberling
- Scriptwriters : Robert Gordon (screenplay), Daniel Handler (books)
- Key Players: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep
Three children - Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire - find themselves orphans when their house burns down, with their parents in it, in obscure circumstances. They are entrusted to the care of one parent, Count Olaf. It soon becomes clear that Count Olaf only cares about the Baudelaire's children for their great inheritance.
This film is based on the first three books of "Une série d'événements malheureux". I'm not a fan of the series, but the first book, "Tout commence mal" is great. Like the books, the film is full of gruesome events while showing some humor - enough to give you hope for a happy ending. But don't get your hopes up.
As the title suggests, this film is part of the gloomy but vital strain of children's literature in which children suffer terribly, parents and adults have the same life expectancy as the villains in action films, and courage and ingenuity are all that keep children alive.
16- Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
- Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
- Scriptwriters : Tab Murphy (screenplay), Kirk Wise (story of)
- Main actors: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton
We are in 1914 and Milo Thatch, grandson of the great-great-great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards' diary, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs capital for a trip. His employer finds it absurd and refuses to finance such a crazy idea.
He goes home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his grandfathers. He gives her the shepherds' diary, a submarine and a 5-star crew. They cross the Atlantic Ocean, face a large lobster called the Leviathan, and finally reach Atlantis. But does the crew of Atlantis have a thirst for discovery, or something else?
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is an adventure film for children with great animation and a good dose of wit and personality. Although it's not one of Disney's great classics, it's still a steampunk movie that I would watch again, mainly for the beauty and energy of the animation itself.
17- The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
- Director: Luc Besson
- Scriptwriters : Luc Besson (screenplay), Jacques Tardi (comics)
- Main actors: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche
Inspired by Jacques Tardi's comic book series of the same name, the film takes place in 1910. There is an ultra-perfect ancient Egyptian technology, combined with extraordinary inventions - and all this, combined with mystical elements, gives the perfect example of a steampunk film.
Desperate to heal her sister, Adèle Blanc-Sec braves ancient Egyptian tombs and the modern-day Egyptian scoundrel to find a mummified doctor and bring him back to Paris. She hopes that Professor Esperandieu will then use his unusual powers to bring the doctor back to life so that he, in turn, can use his skills on her unfortunate sister.
But in Paris, Esperandieu is already creating chaos, having brought to life what was once a museum egg but is now a very active pterodactyl. Paris, in 1911, may not be the healthiest place.
With a charismatic performance by Louise Bourgoin and interesting special effects, "Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec" was well received by the public and critics alike. It is a fun and curious experience that all audiences can enjoy.
18- THE GOLDEN COMPASS (2007)
- Director: Chris Weitz
- Scriptwriters : Chris Weitz (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)
- Main actors: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
A very bad and unfair rating for this steampunk style movie that creates more complex villains and asks more intriguing questions than the others on this list. As a visual experience, I'd say it's superb - very close to "Hugo".
The story revolves around Lyra Belacqua, a girl who was raised as an orphan in an Oxford college under the patronage of her "uncle", an adventurous scientist named Lord Asriel. But Lyra's greatest adventure began closer to home, the day she heard about an extraordinary particle.
Of microscopic size, magic dust possesses profound properties that could unite all the universes. But there were those who feared the particle and wanted to destroy it. Sent to the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek help from clans, "gypsies" and the dreaded armored bears. And as she traveled in incredible danger, she had no idea that she alone was destined to win, or lose, this battle. The film takes Lyra from one danger to another, and she is usually saved by a helper that she and we never saw coming.
The film takes place in a parallel universe where a dark company threatens to separate the children from their real imaginary friends. And this world is filled with machines, beautiful sets and tons of steampunk gadgets to enjoy.
19- VAN HELSING (2004)
- Director: Stephen Sommers
- Writer: Stephen Sommers
- Key Players: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh
Van Helsing is in the world to rid the world of all evil, even if not everyone agrees with him. The Vatican sends the monster hunter and his ally, Carl, to Transylvania. They have been sent to this land to arrest the powerful Count Dracula. Meanwhile, they join forces with a gypsy princess, Anna Valerious, who is determined to put an end to an ancient curse on her family by destroying the vampire. They do not know how to do it.
The turning point of the film is marked by the fact that Dracula and Van Helsing fight each other, except that Van Helsing is a werewolf this time. This sequence takes place during a full moon so that he can make this transformation, but the moon frequently continues to go behind the clouds, causing Van Helsing to take on his human form during these periods. It works as a dramatic tool to make the fight interesting.
"Van Helsing" is entertaining and imaginative. The monsters are all re-imagined with great flair, especially the creation of Frankenstein, one of the best on the screen. The story pays homage to Universal's classic monster movies, as well as many modern day adventures.
20- THE TIME MACHINE (2002)
- Director: Simon Wells
- Scriptwriters : H.G. Wells (novel), David Duncan (previous screenplay)
- Main actors: Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy
The plot of "The Time Machine" is about a time travel badly done, very badly done. Based on the classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, a scientist and inventor is determined to prove that time travel is possible.
Alexander Hartdegen, a 19th century scientist, spends years researching, developing and building the first time machine after tragically losing his fiancée Emma, who was killed by an assailant. By testing his time machine, Hartdegen is projected 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that humanity has been divided between the hunter and the hunted.
The Morlocks evolved underground during the Dark Ages after the fall of the moon and attacked the surface by emerging through holes of dusty water. They hunted the Eloi for food. The Eloi are a brown-skinned race; their life is an idyll of leafy arbors, waterfalls and elegant forest structures, but they are so fatalistic towards the Morlocks that instead of fighting them, they salt and pepper themselves.
In short a classic to see or read (even better) for this classic from one of the fetish steampunk authors. To see also the war of the worlds which is not part of the list.
STEAMPUNK MOVIES TO AVOID
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (2003)
- Director: Stephen Norrington
- Scriptwriters : Alan Moore (comics), Kevin O'Neill (comics)
- Main actors: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson
Allan Quatermain brings together a splendid team of extraordinary characters with legendary powers to fight the technological terror of a madman known as "The Ghost". The League includes Captain Nemo, the vampire Mina Harker, an invisible man named Rodney Skinner, US Secret Service Agent Tom Sawyer, the invincible Dorian Gray and the dangerous Dr. Jekyll/M. Hyde.
M (a master spy in Her Majesty's government) informs them that the leaders of Europe will meet in Venice and that the mysterious villains will blow up the city to start a world war. And the League must stop them. The action later moves to the frozen lakes of Mongolia, where the enemy leader has built a gigantic factory to make robot soldiers.
This film features beautiful techno-steampunk scenes. The Nautilus submarine is a breathtaking demonstration of engineering, but no Steampunk submarine is complete without a host of gadgets, a six-wheeled automobile and imaginative weapons. The movie as a whole is sadly bad, the script being a little too crazy and incoherent to be seen once on a rainy Sunday.
WILD WILD WEST (1999)
- Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
- Scriptwriters : Jim Thomas (history), John Thomas (history)
- Key Players: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh
Undervalued movie, but the best buffoonery and gadgets make it a good steampunk movie. The biggest problem with this movie is that you can clearly see that it could have been better and that it has a really weak overall script.
The movie tells the story of two special federal agents who are tasked by President Grant to investigate the disappearance of a large number of top scientists. They stumble upon a plot to assassinate Grant, by a narcissist who wants to return half of the country to Britain and Spain, and keep the rest in the hands of the villain (Dr. Arliss Loveless).
"Wild Wild West" is a warning about boys and their toys and what happens when a big star, Will Smith, and a director, Barry Sonnenfeld, play with too much money. You can watch this movie to get a closer look at 19th century fashion and find the inspiration to create your own steampunk inspired Victorian clothing.
That's it.... there are others that could have been in this list. I could have talked about the adventures of Baron de Munchausen, Sleepy Hollow, Crimson Peak or The Shape of Water.... but after all no list can be perfect.
See you soon as a vaporist for a next article on the Steampunk universe.