As someone who almost exclusively watches movies marketed towards children, I am always willing to forgive bad acting from children. The acting was bad, yes, but how often is it the child Actors in their breakout movie are good? That's not my problem with this movie. My problem is that I have spent longer being mad at this movie than the time it took to actually watch.
The plot was made up as they went along. That is the only explanation I can find for why things were so incoherent. What should have been major plot points, came out to just be major plot holes. The power system does not make sense. The villains didnt make sense at the start, and especially do not make sense at the end. The twists cant even be considered twists, because they either are too obvious to be twists, or have absolutely no warning and function as a "Gotcha". There are scenes that are completely invalidated by earlier scenes. I watched this movie with a child, and they asked "but why are they..." at various points in the movie. If a child thinks your movie for children doesnt make sense, then your movie for children does not make sense and should not be made. And it definitely shouldn't use Sharkboy and Lavagirl as a nostalgia trap for adults who grew up with that movie.
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