Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World


Call this one Spy Kids: The Next Generation.  It's a reboot of the franchise that began as a trilogy between 2001 and 2003, with a hot new super-spy step-parent, played by Jessica Alba, and a more precocious set of siblings as the next generation of pre-teen spies.  Add in Joel McHale as a clueless TV host dad, Jeremy Piven as the head of the OSS, and Ricky Gervais as the voice of a talking dog and you've got a pretty solid cast, which is the norm for the Spy Kids films.  And Robert Rodriguez is back as the writer/director/cinematographer/co-producer and music collaborator.  (He surrendered the job as editor this time.  Slacking a bit, I guess.)

And as for the 4D a.k.a. Aroma-Scope?  It's just a bothersome gimmick.  After purchasing my ticket (which was $11.25 even at discounted matinee prices thanks to the extra two 'dimensions') I received a small card with eight numbers on it that you are directed to scratch and sniff at various times in the movie.  They all smell about the same, nothing like they're supposed to, and are really just an annoyance, taking you out of the film.  It's like a poor man's attraction at Walt Disney World.  Can't we just go back to 2D please?!?

Just like the original trilogy, this is a fun, fast paced, feel good family film with a good cast.  It's not as good as the first two, but it's still one of the better films for kids released this year so I feel ok recommending taking the shorties.  But as for the Aroma-Scope?  It just stinks.

Grades:
Movie: B-
Aroma-Scope 4D: F

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