Prominent Hollywood directors George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, and maker of the Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavgirl in 3-D, Robert Rodriguez, have talked earlier this year about projecting 3-D films digitally using a new 2-D to 3-D conversion process. This might happen by the end of the decade. Certainly, it is needed, not only for the economics of the industry which competes with home entertainment. This latest 3-D effort is not going to make fans of the format, but it’s a pleasing enough movie to pass the time with.
Plot Summary: From the wild imagination of a child and the digital vision of director Robert Rodriguez (creator of the hit “Spy Kids” series as well as the recently acclaimed “Sin City”) comes the magical, original, not to mention three-dimensional, family entertainment, “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D”. The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D is written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the intergalactic journeys and superhero stories created by his seven-year-old son, Racer Max.
Main character Max (Cayden Boyd) retreats into an imaginary ‘dream’ world, which literally comes alive. Max’s parents are headed for separation, so his dream trajectory symbolises his desire for escape and a better real life. However, he must face up to problems.
In his dream world, he must save the world he has dreamt from a mock-formidable villain, Mr Electric (George Lopez), who is orchestrating the elimination of good dreams in Max’s fantasy, somehow symbolic of problems he is facing in reality.
Where Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) come in is that they have the power to help him, yet they are still Max’s own creations in his imaginary world.
In spite of the movie’s title, this is not about Sharkboy and Lavagirl as much as it is about Max.
Despite the grown-up themes, it is a movie suitable for kids and their families. It is so obviously aimed for families and this inoffensively hits the target market.
However, the limits of 3-D are noticeable which has conspicuously limited effects. When a cuckoo clock bird striking its chimes is the most surprising the 3D can get, then it proves the creativity of 3D here is minimal. Much like “Jaws 3-D” (1983), suspending a piranha in midair, Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s contribution to the world of 3-D is no more enticing.
Still, the usual 3D depth of field is the best thing about 3-D in this movie, just taking the viewer eye catchingly out of the usual flat screen format. Despite the limitations of 3-D here, the novelty should please young first timers to the genre, like it did for their parents and grandparents. But wait for 3-D to play digitally and then we’ll probably be seeing something really spectacular.
Release Date: June 10, 2005
Studio: Dimension Films
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: David Arquette, Kristin Davis, Taylor Dooley, Taylor Lautner, Cayden Boyd, George Lopez, Sasha Pieterse
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
MPAA Rating: PG (for mild action and some rude humour)
Reformatted 2020 at http://www.oldreviews7.home.blog, original 2005, Nutzworld.com