The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl is a 2005 movie directed by Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez that was inspired by his son Racer. Presented in 3-D for your viewing pleasure, the movie follows along on their adventures together.
It tells the tale of Max, a boy who created Sharkboy and Lavagirl – superheroes with incredible abilities that he uses to make friends in school. Max’s parents have been fighting constantly, so Max decided to create these imaginary companions to get through difficult times.
One day, a tornado appears outside of school and Max’s dreams of his imaginary friends come true when they appear in it. They invite Max to Planet Drool with them, and Max agrees. On their way there, however, they encounter Mr. Electric who is unhappy that Max reimagined him as a bad guy (he was actually quite good in real life) and is determined to destroy Max while he sleeps.
Sharkboy and Lavagirl, after being threatened by Mr. Electric, must use their elemental powers – water, fire, ice – in order to use their elements against him. Furthermore, they find a Crystal Heart which grants them the capacity to freeze and destroy Mr. Electricidad and his minions.
The movie features annoying characters, subpar effects and distracting 3-D gimmicks that don’t work well for this type of movie. Some critics weren’t impressed with it either, and it underperformed at the box office.
There are some excellent scenes in the movie, and it’s an overall decent family film. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my most satisfying viewing experience in recent years.
Some of the characters in Lavagirl are particularly annoying, particularly her overly emotional boyfriend. Lavagirl also displays great gullibility and becomes jealous whenever Sharkboy pays attention to Lavagirl.
Many of the other characters have terrible acting, too. Mr. Electricidad especially, who is played by an awkward kid.
Minus is another character who lacks humor, as he thinks everyone should be as cool as him. His attitude takes an unfortunate turn when he performs the Heel-Face Turn.
Even though it’s not the greatest movie ever made, I still recommend it to those seeking a lighthearted and action-packed film. It has some funny moments and an excellent cast, but overall the movie is pretty lame with too many cheesy jokes and bad ones that aren’t funny at all.