April 17th, 2006

Bad film makes good

I'd been a huge fan of Robert Rodriguez ever since Desperado. (El Mariachi didn't have Salma Hayek, but I digress.) He's earned my respect for releasing feature films on tight budgets and short schedules. He gets props for composing music good enough not to detract from his movies, too.

So when my 3-year old and 5-year old wanted to rent Sharkboy and Lavagirl, how could I say no? We all watched it together.

Few adults could tolerate, much less enjoy the film, but it was the perfect film for us. (Mostso for the 5-year old.) I was inspired by Robert's collaboration with Racer, his son. And after watching the movie, the three of us sat around discussing the film and imagining other scenarios for the characters, and making up new stories.

I really don't think Rodriguez had any higher expectations of his audience. It was a family project, and it was intended for specific families. We hit that narrow sweet spot for this film.