Movie Review: ‘Spy Kids’

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Since I’m on a movie review kick at the moment, I decided to re-watch a classic movie from my childhood. So let’s dive into the movie that made every child jealous that their parents weren’t spies.

Released in 2001, “Spy Kids” is a spy action/comedy movie that kicked off the four movie franchise (Spoiler: the third and fourth movie suck). The movie follows Carmen and Juni Cortez as they are thrown in the world of espionage when they find out their parents are spies. Their parents are retired spies who come out of retirement when news get to them that their friends in the game have gone missing. Carmen and Juni must adapt and come to the rescue as they go onto a mission in order to save their parents.

This movie is underrated because it’s actually not a horrible movie. In fact, it’s probably the strongest out of the first two films. The acting isn’t horrible at all. The child actors are rather good. When it comes to child actors, it’s usually hit or miss. They are usually bad and totally ruin the scenes/show/movie they are in. But Alexa Vega, now known as Alexa PenaVega, and Daryl Sabara hold their own with the likes of Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino.

Because this film was shot in 2001, the CGI and the effects aren’t anything to go home about. It’s not bad but it could have been a little better for the time. There is also some scenes in public areas where you just shake your head and go WTF? There a scene where the kids fly into the a store and no one even notices it besides on child. Then the villains fly in and still no one notices. Are people just that stupid or is it more of a statement about us as a society?

The ending of the movie is probably the worst part of the movie because it’s just too cheesy. It’s cheesy for the sake of having a moral to the story. We all ready know the moral to the story because it was hidden. It was like they were trying to calling us stupid by saying we didn’t know it just from paying attention to the movie. It was just a dud ending to something that was fine up to this part.

“Spy Kids” is an enjoyable classic that still holds up besides the CGI and effects. The only time this movie gets bad is the lackluster ending that fails to deliver on the hype that carried throughout the movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Dancing with the….yeah, we ran out of Stars

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Well it’s time for another “thrilling” season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. This season they decided to add a twist into the show but not including hardly any stars into the mix for what I’m calling “Dancing With the bottom of the barrel of Stars.”

Here’s the list of the “stars” that are participating and why they are “stars:”

Tamara Braxton– she’s a singer, talk show host, and reality television personality. She’s also Toni Braxton’s little sister.

Gary Busey– He’s an “actor” and reality train wreck. He’s there for ratings

Nick Carter– He’s a Backstreet Boy….wait, is a Boy Bander really in a Dancing competition?? That seems a bit unfair.

Paula Deen– She’s a chef and a racist! She’s just there for ratings and the feeling that anything can happen LIVE! Rumor has it that she’s going to rub butter all over the dance floor.

Victor Espinoza– He’s a Jockey…..yeah, that’s how far in the barrel they had to dig.

Andy Grammer- He’s a singer whose last name is spelled wrong

Hayes Grier- He’s on Vine and makes more money in 7 seconds than you do…and he never lets you forget it. Oh, his brother is also a “Viner.”

Bindi Irwin– She’s a hero to animals, former rapper/singer, and she acts. Her father was the Crocodile Hunter

Chaka Khan– She’s a famous singer that no one under the age of 30 probably never heard of. She’s not to be mistaken for the Khan that killed Spock, or Kirk in the newer Star Trek Movie.

Carlos PenaVega- He’s an actor and singer. He was in “Big Time Rush.”

Alexa PenaVega– She’s an actress and singer. She was the bitchy sister in the Spy Kids movie and did that one show on ABC Family that was so bad, it’s no longer mentioned like it’s HeWhoMustNotBeNamed!!.  She’s also married to Carlos. I think they did this on a dare.

Alek Skarlatos– He saved people from a train……I’m not going to make fun of him because that’s really cool.

Kim Zolciak– She’s a Real Housewive….that’s right, they pulled a “star” from Bravo. They really are desperate.

 

That is the cast of “Dancing With the bottom of the barrel of Stars.” It’s starts on September 14. I would continue with “this is going to be the first season where half of the ‘stars’ no one knows” but that would be a lie…it’s not the first but it won’t be the last, sadly.