Movie Soundtrack

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Musical Score Composed By: Carl Thiel and Robert Rodriguez

Distributed By: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Seven years after the third installment of Spy Kids, comes a new film, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.  Since the last installment was in 3D, this fourth installment needed something more - 4D, allowing viewers to smell different things in the movie using scratch and sniff cards.  In this installment, Jessica Alba is retired spy Marissa Cortez Wilson, who gave up the game after catching the notorious Tick-Tock (Jeremy Piven) while in labor with her daughter.  Her husband (Joel McHale) is a famous spy hunting television reporter and his twin children (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook) have no respect for Marissa as their stepmother, believing she can never replace their real mother.  When a new villain, The Timekeeper, threatens the world, Marissa is drawn back into action with her stepchildren in tow.  They are joined by two Spy Kids favorites, Carmen and Juni Cortez (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara).

            The musical score of Sky Kids: All the Time in the World was created by Robert Rodriguez and Carl Thiel.  Robert Rodriguez wrote the script to his first feature film in 1991 while studying at the University of Texas.  Since the creation of that monumental film, El Mariachi, Rodriguez has gone on to work on a number of popular films including From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, The Faculty, Frank Millerís Sin City, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Grindhouse and the Spy Kids franchise.  Carl Thiel has been composing music since the 1980s, but became involved in film scoring in 2000, making his debut withthe film score of Miss Congeniality.  He has gone on to compose musical scores for Machete, Kill Bill 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Grindhouse and Spy Kids 2 and 3.

            Robert Rodriguez and Carl Thiel have been collaborating on musical scores and other albums for many years.  They instinctively know what is needed for each project they work on.  For this Spy Kids installment, the two decided to blend some themes from the old Spy Kids films along with some themes created for the new characters.  The composers combined the use of orchestral music and rock and roll, combining the various themes to create unique sounds for each scene. 

            The introductory tracks are full of fun, adrenaline pumping musical score, complete with rocking guitar riffs and some throwback James Bond-like horns.  While these few opening tracks inspire excessive speed over highways and byways, there are other tracks which are yawn-inspiring.  Then there are some tracks that start off really well, only to end on a quirky and completely off beat note, leading me to believe that the team of composers were creating their scores specifically to each scene.  This is fine for a score that is being used to enhance visuals, but as a standalone album, it leaves the listeners frowning and scratching their heads wondering what just happened.

            While some of the tracks on the Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Soundtrack are enjoyable, adrenaline-pumping experiences, I can seem to find it in me to recommend spending upwards of $14.00US for the album.


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