Sunday, June 12, 2005

Upcoming attractions

For the past month, the buzz in my house has been about “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D,” a kids movie made by Robert Rodriguez that opened Friday. Without seeing it, I have two thoughts:

1. Rodriguez, who reportedly wrote the story with his 7-year-old son, has tapped into something in the contemporary mindset of the kindergarten cohort. It is protean environment in which Superman, Batman, Spider-man and their hoary ilk occupy sanctified but remote roles, like the Titans of Greek mythology deposed and eaten, or whatever, by Zeus & Co. My son’s Olympus is occupied made-up superheroes who tap into the natural world for their powers, including Flame Boy, Wind Boy, Shape-Shifter Boy, Laser Boy, and, at one point, Shark Girl.

2. The movie looks like it will suck. I need a strategy to avoid seeing it, fast.