to dream Max"
Max (Boyd) has always been a dreamer. Finding it hard to make
friends, he retreats into his own dreams of adventure with his favourite
characters Sharkboy (Lautner) and Lavagirl (Dooley) the planet Drool. This
is a magical place where kids can have untold escapades and Sharkboy and
Lavagirl live when they are not visiting Earth. When Max tells the rest
of his class about his heroes, he instantly becomes the joke of the class
and the school bully Linus (Davich) see this as open season on Max and sets
out to totally ruin him. What none of them realise is that Sharkboy, Lavagirl
and the planet Drool actually exist and Max's heroes are heading to his
school because they need his help.
After enjoying huge success with the 'Spy Kids' trilogy, writer/director
Robert Rodriguez hopes to start another franchise with 'The Adventures of
Sharkboy and Lavagirl' but does his latest live up to his previous successes?
The 'Spy Kids' trilogy were fun, family movies from a director
that was showing his diverse skills as a filmmaker. Expectations were high
for his next foray into the family entertainment genre but these three films
would be a very hard act to follow. 'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
in 3D' takes you into the fantasy dream world of Max that has become real.
This opens the scope of the premise up for massive potential storylines
but instead we end up with a confusing and overly elaborate movie that transforms
into a complete mess.
The idea of a dream been so powerful that it becomes real
is an interesting premise but his also makes the plot overly complicated.
Bearing in mind that this is a movie made for children to watch, the world
of Drool is a very confusing place. Made up from the dreams that Max has
recorded in his dream journal, the planet is a patch world of different
themed areas, all relating to a dream he has had. But after of all the trouble
from telling his class about planet Drool, parts of the planet are now starting
to disappear in darkness as Max decides to stop dreaming. The problems start
here however because theses regions are not given any explanation why they
exist and his affects the structure of the movie. All they seem to be is
a change of scenery so the filmmakers can utilise different 3D effects.
After re-introducing 3D in the final 'Spy Kids' movie, Robert
Rodriguez and his team now getting used to the technology and starting to
use it with great imagination. The film is visually very impressive, with
computer graphics used to create a very imaginative world. The 3D effects
works well but it would be better if they switched to the more modern techniques
used in IMAX films than the old fashioned red and blue lenses.
The young cast do their best with the roles, George Lopez
is good in two very important roles but the lack of the all-star cast that
the 'Spy Kids' movies had makes the movie aimed more towards the younger
market, meaning the older viewer who accompany them won't have anyone to
Overly complicated, confusing and lacking any real structure,
'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D' just isn't the film everyone
was hoping for. Even though this is a visual treat and the 3D effects work
very well, there is not enough here for even its intended audience to enjoy.
On this evidence, this won't be the start of a new trilogy.
Audio commentary from director
'Creating Sharkboy And Lavagirl in 3-D' with Racer Max
3-D and 2-D versions on one disc
Spy Kids Trilogy
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