Everything that is or was, Began with a Dream

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D is just childish. Instead of simply making movies for his kids, Robert Rodriguez went directly to the source. Most of the movie was actually thought up by his 7 year old son Racer. He drew up storyboards and everything. I came up with my own superheroes at a young age too, but my ideas weren’t nearly this silly.

Sharkboy is a half shark half boy hybrid. While Lavagirl is a girl with volcano powers. A very young pre-Twilight (pre-muscles) Taylor Lautner plays Sharkboy. Another Taylor named Taylor Dooley plays Lavagirl. They’re technically not the main characters though. That “honor” actually goes to Max. A kid who dreamt up the young superheroes along with a dreamworld called Planet Drool and versions of people he knows in the real world. Like villainous versions of his teacher and bully named Mr. Electric and Minus.

While there’s no denying the imagination put into the story, Sharkboy and Lavagirl ultimately suffers from an over reliance on lousy special effects and the use of obnoxious 3D. Spy Kids 3-D wasn’t much better, but at least the story was built around it. This movie is just trying to punish the parents who unwilling took their kids to see it (myself included). The humor is often juvenile and the performances are all painfully cringy. Although the kids are trying a lot harder than the adults. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl proves 7 year olds might not be the best people to get story ideas from.


Sharkboy and Lavagirl explore Max’s dream

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