There is no doubt in my mind that this is
the best kids movie, aside from Lilo & Stitch, playing in
theatres this summer. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
is a worthy follow up to the first full of humor, action, adventure,
and neat special effects. It is the essential missing piece of the
puzzle for parents who want to take their kids out of the house
without having to worry or think. I hope that it does very well, for
it’s one of the best children-intended pictures in a long time.
What really makes this
movie the absolute best kids movie of the summer? I mean you’ve got
Stuart Little 2, Spirit, and The Master of
Disguise; why aren’t those any better those any better than
this? I’ll tell you why. Spy Kids 2 has just the right dose
of everything to make it the perfect family movie. All of the
content that is supplies is intended for children, but will be
enjoyed by every member of the household. The great gadgets,
technically innovative monsters, and clever jokes will impress
anyone and everyone who goes to see it.
As the sequel to the
ever-popular Spy Kids, the second installment has a lot to
live up to. I think that they created a worthwhile sequel, but on
Sunday morning we’ll find out what
America thinks. The plot
is born when the ‘Spy Kids’ are called in when the president’s
daughter is caught on a theme-park ride. Two teams of these young
secret agents, the Cortezes and the Bubbles, climb up to save her.
The Cortez duo reach the young girl first, but the Bubbles
mistakenly get the credit for saving her. One of the Cortezes, named
Juni, is suspended from the Spy Kids league because of trying to
rightfully steal the recognition from the Bubbles, therefore he is
prohibited from taking on any new missions until he becomes
reinstated; leaving his sister without a partner. In hopes of taking
on a new journey, the two then illegally hack into the Spy Kids’
organizations computer and reinstate Juni themselves. Once his
reinstatement is confirmed, they steal the Bubble’s mission without
permission. This sends them to ‘The Island of Lost Dreams’ while at
the same time, transports the two young Bubbles to the middle of the
Gobe desert. While on the island the Cortezes take on the exciting
adventure of finding the transmucher device. I thoroughly enjoyed
Spy Kids 2 and highly recommend it.
If you’re an avid
moviegoer you will realize that some of the casting used in Spy
Kids 2 was quite odd. Of all the people to use, they had to
cast Bill Paxton and Steve Buscemi to play two of the roles in the
film! It wasn’t so much that they were bad, but the other roles they
have played in the past were so far from their characters in these.
Steve Buscemi played an old record collector in Ghost World
and a man named ‘Crazy Eyes’ in Mr. Deeds; while in this
film he played a panicked scientist on a deserted island. Bill
Paxton played a broadcaster in Titanic and a believed-to-be
psychotic father who could receive messages from god in Frailty;
here he played a theme-park marketer. Some people might award the
both of them for their tremendous versatility, but I was just
stricken with disbelief when I saw their faces.
2: The Island of Lost Dreams is an excellent kids movie as well
as a thrilling adventure. I thought that all of the younger actors
handled themselves quite well and took their parts very seriously.
Also, unlike The Master of Disguise, the outtakes shown while the
credits are rolling are actually worth watching, and not too long. I
deem Spy Kids 2 and excellent and worthwhile family sit.
-Danny, Bucket Reviews