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Overall Rating
2.81

Awesome: 26.67%
Worth A Look: 3.33%
Average: 23.33%
Pretty Bad: 17.78%
Total Crap28.89%

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Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D, The
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by Jason Whyte

"Keep the glasses off."
2 stars

Robert Rodriguez’ new movie “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl” is being screened in theatres across the country in the anaglyph 3-D format, which is essentially the blue-red lens format that has been in existence since the 1950’s grind-house pictures that made groovy images out of space and monster flicks. You’d think that in 2005 we’d have a better looking format of a gimmick feature for a movie, but the cardboard glasses are still here, and boy is it ugly to look at.

Back in 2003, Rodriguez unleashed Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over which gave me a terrible headache after watching it. After loving his last two Spy Kids films (I seem to be among the few who think that The Island of Lost Dreams is one of the most creative kid-pics made in years), here was one I was looking forward to most that summer, but it had absolutely none of the style or wit of not only the Spy Kids films, but all of his earlier work. It didn’t help that that we were watching a barely cohesive storyline with flimsy 3-D effects. (Remember that newspaper ad where we saw Alexa Vega’s arm reach all the way out into the cinema? Not even close, bub.)

In Shark Boy and Lava Girl we have a kid named Max (Cayden Boyd) who likes to make up stories and characters. Naturally, he’s a lonely kid, bullied and even disrespected by his teachers (“Get your head out of the clouds, Max!”) so he sticks to his creative storytelling. He’s created a story about kid superheroes Shark Boy (Taylor Lautner) and Lava Girl (Taylor Dooley) -- their names pretty much describing themselves – who have grown up with Max and have left for Planet Drool. (Don’t ask.) It turns out that Max has the ability to make his dreams a reality, but nobody believes him, until SB and LG come barrelling into their classroom on the first day of the new school year, desperately needing help.

Put on your glasses. Max, SB and LG are off on an adventure to save Planet Drool from the evil Mr. Electric (George Lopez) who wants to kill off the imagination that comes from dreams. And since Max has made this entire world up in his head – he had it envisioned in a book that was earlier destroyed by a bully at school – only he has the power to take on Electric and all of the nasty electric plugs that he uses as his henchmen. Again, don’t ask.

It must be said that Rodriguez’ effects work is very well done. The Island of Consciousness and The Land of Milk and Cookies is gorgeous too look at, although they look better if you take your flimsy cardboard glasses off and look at the weird and wacky visuals the effects people have come up with. I especially liked a sequence where the kids run across an ice bridge and the camerawork effectively makes us believe it is happening.

That said, Rodriguez has many hats on his head, and not all of them exactly fit well. His choice of music and songs, especially Shark Boy’s “Dream Dream Dream (Dream Dream)” song, is awful, and the music score almost sounds like a spoof of better compositions. As for the acting, the dialogue essentially harms the otherwise good work by the Taylor’s Lautner and Dooley, and Cayden Boyd has some amusing moments as the all-around lead kid.

And of course, the biggest problem is the 3-D. If you’ve seen the trailers where Lava Girl’s hot pink hair is shown, it is hardly visible with the glasses on (although, her outfit has an interesting shine to it). The visuals look dim and awkward in this format, with the occasional whizzing effect or hand gesture given by the characters to accentuate this gimmick. This is a film that screams to be in the more expensive IMAX 3-D format, where all of the look and textures could really come out to play.

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originally posted: 06/12/05 03:47:59
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User Comments

10/23/09 Erika I really liked this movie!!!!It was awesome and i wished they would of made a second movie 5 stars
9/10/08 lil jj i like the movie 5 stars
4/21/08 katelyn i love the songs best but i still love the movie 5 stars
3/24/08 Vanessa I really like the song 5 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK As a film critic, i had to see it. Was Rodriguez High when he thought of this? 1 stars
4/18/07 David Pollastrini Great fx 2 stars
2/15/07 Kristin Stefankiewicz I have an idea for Shark boy and lava girl 2 5 stars
12/31/06 ron steven beautiful movie 5 stars
12/17/06 Danielle santos this movie was so cool i loved ie so much. 5 stars
7/07/06 drydock54321 totally boring 1 stars
5/17/06 Paoal Gonzalez shark boy u are so hot!!!!!!!!!!but I relly did not like the movie 3 stars
4/16/06 Jackie I expected more from the guy who made Spy Kids. Great job Rodreguiz. 2 thumbz way...down! 1 stars
4/08/06 mattew grice i think that sharkboy and lavagirl is the best film i have ever seen 5 stars
2/28/06 someone who HASNT SEEN THIS MOVIE ITS THE BIGGEST LOAD OF CRAP IVE EVER SEEN. AND I HAVNT EVEN SEEN IT 1 stars
2/28/06 someone who hates sharkboy and lavagirl 3d WORST CRAP IVE EVER SEEN THIS MAKES SESAME STREET LOOK AWESOME 1 stars
2/25/06 dupadoit cool 5 stars
2/24/06 kay valentine i want meet with you 5 stars
10/28/05 Jonathon Holmes Rodriguez should be ashamed of himself 1 stars
10/20/05 leanne i thing this movie is the best movie ever 5 stars
10/11/05 Tom Burns Cool scenery, not the best story though. 4 stars
10/10/05 Agent Sands Rodriguez's son is going to hate him when he's older. WHO THE FUCK LET HIM MAKE THIS MOVIE? 1 stars
10/08/05 Teya love it 5 stars
10/06/05 pinhead groovy to the max 5 stars
9/22/05 tatum Robert, every LSD trip does not deserve a film... 1 stars
9/22/05 Fritz The kids couldn't even sit through it. Terrible. 1 stars
9/20/05 Jonathon Holmes Rodriguez should be ashamed of himself 1 stars
9/04/05 homeboy gotta love it 5 stars
9/04/05 Stephanie Throckmorton As with most 3-D films, illusion of things flying out of the screen at you is best part. 3 stars
9/03/05 SharkBoy Best movie Ever !!! any who thourt it sucks is a freak im Sharkboy 5 stars
8/06/05 Zack Note to Robert Rodriguez: YOUR KIDS FILMS SUCK! Make more action flicks! 1 stars
8/03/05 Cin So Deadly 5 stars
7/29/05 dupadoit so cool 5 stars
7/25/05 Eric Rollins Films like this will kill the genre. 1 stars
7/09/05 jess taylor is SOO hot, oh and the movie rocked 5 stars
7/06/05 Cibeus My daughter thought it was as good as Herbie. Someone on screen barfs every five minutes. 2 stars
7/01/05 gc.hd.hu cool 5 stars
6/30/05 woohoo rad 5 stars
6/29/05 Victoria Sinn Best movie I've ever seen!! 5 stars
6/23/05 nicole i laughed through this whole movie & the glasses made it too dark 4 stars
6/21/05 Linda Tran It was an awsome movie 5 stars
6/21/05 Louise Too dark! My son had to take off the glasses to watch. Bad 3-D; no DVD for us! 2 stars
6/20/05 Pro-Shark Boy Too awesome to say 83 5 stars
6/15/05 Shirin de Silva I thought it was a good flick, although yes, I hate 3d. Saw it three times. 4 stars
6/15/05 matt o'brien this movie this is so fuckin awsome 5 stars
6/15/05 Chris This is The first movie that i have ever seen that gave me a migrane and made me throw up 1 stars
6/14/05 Allan Silliphant Rodriguez blew this by not trying to use the best 3D processing available with colored 3d 3 stars
6/14/05 Agent Sands I've never walked out on a movie B4, but Rodriguez is REALLY testing my patience nowdays!!! 1 stars
6/11/05 Krisan Graves Ouch, the reviews on this one has to hurt! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  10-Jun-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 20-Sep-2005

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Australia
  22-Sep-2005




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