Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: David Arquette, Kristin Davis
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Day: 25 August 2005
A boy's imaginary superhero friends come to life and join
him on a series of adventures.
Rodriguez has found success in both types of movies he's done;
the violent adult fare of the El Mariachi series, and more
recently, Sin City, and the childrens' fantasy offering of
the Spy Kids series. In The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
in 3D, he has taken on the latter type and is back in familiar
storyline, conceptualized by Robert's son Racer, tells the
tale of an imaginative young boy Max, who keeps his dreams
written in a journal. His best dream-world creation is that
of Sharkboy, whose origins opens the movie - being raised
by adoptive animals like The Jungle Book's Mowgli, in this
case, sharks, and Lavagirl, whose origin and purpose remains
a mystery and serves as a subplot.
quite a cliche storyline you might add - being the dreamer
of the class, Max is the class nerd constantly picked on by
the resident bully Linus. His parents are not getting on well
with each other, and he's lonely and has imaginative friends
as company. But is Max really imagining things, or are his
encounters real, or perhaps his dream-world has come alive?
is not long before Max gets whisked off to the planet Drool
by Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and begins his adventures in saving
his dream-world, which has been threatened by clouds of darkness.
Here, we visit various fantasy locations like the Stream of
Consciousness, the junkyard for bad dreams, and even taken
on a ride in the Train of Thought. Sounds like a
visit to Neverland? Yes, with villains included too. Drawing
characters from his own "real life", Max's world
Drool includes unpopular characters like his schoolteacher
taking on the pun-spewing baddie role Mr Electric.
it's up to our superheros Sharkboy and Lavagirl to boast their
prowess - with Sharkboy's shark like reflexes and "Shark
Rage", to Lavagirl's shooting of lava from her fists,
and leaving burnt footprints on the path she treads. Look
out for the supporting villains like the "plug-hounds"
and electric eels, which I thought were unconventional ideas.
less than six visual effects company, including Industrial
Light and Magic, brought planet Drool and its inhabitants
to life, and they've done a great job at that. However, the
3D effects somehow let their good work down. 3D films are
viewed through blue-red lenses, but that doesn't mean the
colours in the final product would be less vibrant, which
I felt was an anti-climax. The entire film was not in 3D mode
though, you'll be asked to put on or take off the glasses
by flashing subtitles, but most of the time it's put on for
the entire duration on planet Drool.
the adult accompanying their children to this movie, you might
be relieved that besides the kiddy narrative, there are slightly
more adult themes worked into the movie, themes like working
on your dreams to making it reality, and friendship worth
with most of Rodriguez's movies, he has a hand in almost all
departments, from scriptwriting, to producing, directing and
writing the music to the songs. The songs are extremely cheesy
though, esepcially the one in which Sharkboy sings a lullaby
while passing off his kung-fu as breakdancing.
by a kid and meant for children, the little ones will probably
have an enjoyable time, and would be in a treat with the 3D
(For the imaginative kid in every one of us, go 3D with Sharkboy
by Stefan Shih