Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spy Kids (2001)

Screened week of February 17th, 2009. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Kid flick that errs on the freaky/scary side (like Burton's nutty 2005 remake of "Chocolate Factory"), but I like Rodriguez who just knows how to tell a story.

One thing you have to dig about Rodriguez is how he got a big pot of money to make this movie and he made it in Mexico, for both smart and honorable reasons. He knows the country, the labor is cheap, and he's loyal to his homeland, which got a bunch of movie money dumped into it. But it's funny to see action sequences happening in these Mexican cities when that's not portrayed as some wrinkle in the plot -- "Uh-oh, plus they're in Mexico!" -- it just happens to be there. It would be like watching a Spider-man movie and not acknowledging that he just swung past the Eiffel Tower.

Also, this is one of those movies where you can tell which A-listers they didn't cast because they make up their consolation prize to resemble the people they couldn't get. That might be why Alan Cumming, who is perfectly sufficient in this, looks exactly like Robert Downey Jr. through the whole thing.

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