I also saw Robert Rodriguez's sequel to last years surprise hit family film, Spy Kids
; if you enjoyed the first film, you are sure to like the sequel, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
, well at least I certainly did. Rodriguez is like a kid in a candy store, or someone with a limitless toybox. What kid would not want to play out the fantasy of being a super-agent with the coolest gadgets. Rodriguez has clearly let his imagination run amok, we get more inspired, almost goofy surrealism in the guise of some Harryhausen-esque genetic mutants (I really like Rodriguez's cruder digital creations, over say, similar creatures that appeared in Attack of the Clones
; call me a nostalgia-buffy, but I preferred the ersatz claymation to the perfect photorealism of ILM) and animated skeletons. The film is frequently funny, visually inventive, and delivers it's postive messages in such a way that I don't want to puke. Of course, the plot is ridiculous, as would any film featuring a plot centered around something called "the Transmooker Device." Antonio Banderas has lots of fun parodying his smoldering, Latino machismo, and any film featuring Ricardo Montabaln in a flying wheelchair ain't that bad.