Viewed on 17 OCT 03     It was about 50 years ago when I watched my first 3-D movie.  I remember the movie almost as vividly as the discomfort of wearing the cheap cardboard-rimmed red & blue glasses.  So, surely you will understand that my expectations were somewhat higher with the brand-new SPY KIDS 3-D Game Over.  My expectations were heightened even further after a more recent visit to Tsukuba, Japan, where at their Expo 1985 they demonstrated what could be done with the (slightly) newer Polaroid technology.  This Polaroid / 70 mm. demo was a breathtaking exercise in reality - to the extent we viewers felt selfconscious about intruding on the scenes we were watching from 'outside' in our theater seats.   So, while the SPY KIDS 3-D Special Effects were adequate by today's standards, the 3-D Technology, which was supposed to WOW us, has regressed to the cinematic equivalent of the Middle Ages.
This was not the only SPY KIDS 3-D regression.  Sci-Fi gluttons and connoisseurs alike will remember Tron, which was hailed as a "Milestone In The History Of Computer Animation" twenty-one years ago.   But it was not Tron's computer animation -archaic by today's standards- that was most remembered.  Tron was the first to explore the possibility of humans entering a video game.  Not content with just stealing the plot, SPY KIDS 3-D even heisted the 'Light Cycle' racing scene - much embellished this time around.  But it should be remembered that both Tron and SPY KIDS 3-D are Disney productions (Buena Vista. Miramax), so it is a little difficult to say they stole from themselves.  -The word 'cookie-cutter' comes to mind...
While Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega / Daryl Sabara) continued to entertain childrens' fantasies in a creditable manner, Antonio Banderas, as their father, Gregorio, has committed what is known in Hollywood as "career suicide" - with the most ridiculous pantomime in the anals of cinematic history.  -You may want to see this film just to watch him crash and burn.  But what saved Director Robert Rodriguez from the shame of a public beating was the slightly schizoid Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone), as he matched wits with his three alter-ego avatars.
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