Spy Kids Kicks Major Cool Butt

Ok hereís the deal. My girlfriend works for the Chicago Tribune and receives free movie tickets for any Loews theater. We are both fans of Robert Rodriguez who previously created Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, and 1/4 of Four Rooms. Rodriguez wrote, directed, and edited this film that has now leaped over the $100 million-dollar line. Rodriguez pays homage to his Latin heritage throughout the movie, via Hispanic music and culture, and has graduated from his independent film maker status, to become a successful blockbuster movie director. I am 24 years old and I really, really liked Spy Kids.

Antonio Banderas (a Rodriguez favorite) and Carla Gugino play secret agents that fall in love then retire for the safety of their own lives, and for the family they plan to raise. Alan Cumming plays Floop, host of a childrenís television show who attempts to take over the world by creating a superior race of robot children. Floop kidnaps Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez and the only people who can save them are Carmen and Juni, the son and daughter.

The movie reminded me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory meets Pee Weeís Big Adventure ñ two movies that were cult classics. Cumming is remarkable in his role as Floop, Terri Hatcher visible for a second, and Cheech Marin pokes fun at the ìold mustacheî from his Cheech and Chong days. Banderas can barely speak English let alone act at all, but as always ìhe does just fineî (just ask Don Johnson).

If you take the second and fling your imagination into fantasyland, you understand how magical and amusing this film can be. Special effects run rampant, as well as the neat spy gadgets that all spies use. It is written extremely well and has caught the eyes and ears of moviegoers like me, who obviously are arenít children, but can accept and enjoy a wonderful film like Spy Kids.

Source: Jason Anfinsen

Spy Kids Kicks Major Cool Butt