Friday, 28 December 2012

Spy Kids 4 : All the Time in the World

In recent years Robert Rodriquez has given us two of the best looking 3D films...Spy kids 3-D : Game Over and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The fact that this latest outing of the franchise is a conversion then comes as a big surprise. The only reason I can think of is because the film has a lot of special effects it was felt that all the 3D should be done in post production. Whatever the reasons, as a conversion it gets a rating of 2.5D.

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UPDATE: I watched this recently and am saddened to say that the conversion job on this was done very poorly. Not only are rotoscope halos viewable around the main characters throughout the film, but object placement within the stereo window is all over the place. Quite often, objects that are behind other ones, appear as though they are in front. Also, the overall 3D effect adds only a bit of roundness to characters and objects without giving much sense of depth and perspective. Sure, there are the occasional good moments, usually during the CGI effect scenes (which may have been rendered differently) but when I think that this movie was made by Robert Rodriquez, who gave us "Spy Kids 3-D : Game Over" (which has incredible demo quality 3D) its even more unfathomable as to why he would go down the conversion route and then accept this poor attempt at a conversion. My advice would be to let the kids watch it in 2D so that they don't grow up with low 3D standards.(v)