Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Little Spies. Big Attitudes
Exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have now joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a volcanic island populated by an imaginative menagerie of creatures. On this bizarre island, none of the Cortez's gadgets work and they must rely on their wits--and each other--to survive and save the day.
My 7 and 5 year old boys absolutely loved it. Me, not so much.
Not quite as good as the first film, but still a good deal of fun. It's a very nice homage to Harryhausen, and any kids movie with Steve Buscemi as the villain is OK in my book.
Nowhere near as good as the first, but still just as charming. Just as I mentioned in my review for the first film, I can't help but admire Robert Rodriguez for what he's done. To create such a wonderful world is fantastic!
Besides, the shout-out's to Ray Harryhausen's work and Jason & The Argonauts is a great laugh.
This second movie was just as enjoyable, although watching it with your kids I think is a must. The jokes are stupid and easy, but I found them entertaining watching them with my kids.
The story is not a retreat of the original, this time there's an entire division of spy kids, and it's fun to see rival spy kids.
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is an absolutely exceptional sequel that takes all the best elements of the first film - humour, warmth and pencil-moustaches - and throws in some giant hybrid animals and Steve Buscemi as a mad scientist, with predictably awesome results. Sabara and Vega return, this time battling a shadowy power-crazed villain, while trying to out-do a pair of rival, showboating spy kids. As you might expect, their quest involves camping out on an island populated by oversized beasts, like a 20ft half-spider/half-gorilla. Not to mention several Harryhausen-homaging sword-fighting skellingtons. Rodriguez expands his scope, adding romance and another generation of super agents (Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor as Gugino's parents), without diluting the sense of wonder, excitement or emotional clarity. My favourite gag is the little toddler weighing into the fight at the awards dinner. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should add that the musical end-credits sequence is rubbish.
A worthy sequel. The inventiveness of Rodriguez and his team is on show here, not just the CGI but also the numerous gadgets used by the kids.
This is a fun film to watch, the kids are cool, Banderas is funny & Steve Buscemi makes a brief appearance where he isn't creepy, threatening, violent or killed! However as a little brother myself, I wonder why is Juni always making mistakes he has to rectify?
Als Fazit zu “Spy Kids 2″ bleibt festzuhalten, dass es Robert Rodriguez wieder einmal gelungen ist einen klasse Film zu produzieren. Eine irrwitzige Story, ein Aufgebot an Stars und zur Optik passende Effekte machen den Film für mich zu einem riesen Spaß. Von der ersten Minute an darf gelacht werden und ohne mit dem erhobenen Zeigefinger zu winken schafft es Rodriguez sogar eine ernsthafte Message in den Film zu packen, nämlich die wie wichtig ein starker Zusammenhalt in der Familie ist und das ein starker Familienbund einiges bewegen kann.
No doubt you've seen my obvious attempt to garner your attention with the above list of Rodriguez's numerous credits on this film. And for wearing six plus hats - the film isn't a disaster, exactly. It is, however, incredibly repetitious, far too reliant on unveiling complex gadgetry (like 007 visiting Q in every other scene), and, above all, Spy Kids 2 is lacking in good, solid characters. The only interesting new addition is Steve Buscemi's nerdy scientist (the very picture of a guy who has lived under a rock for several decades - he's confused by just about everything). The film becomes difficult to watch - the new, rather boring characters keep getting in the way of the already established…