The family and I were invited to attend the premiere of Cars 2 in West Palm Beach yesterday at Muvico at City Place. The four of us took off for the theater early leaving at 8:30 for the 10 am movie. I learned after Pirates of the Caribbean it is best to get to these screenings early. Thankfully this time it went smooth and we were escorted right in to our seats. I will say that when watching a 3D movie sometimes the seats make all the difference. Our experience today with the 3D was much better then it was with Pirates of the Caribbean in which we were in the 2nd row from the front.
Before the movie started two local radio stations gave out a few prizes to ten lucky dads. The kids were excited that “our dad” was one of them. Christopher ended up leaving the theater with this exclusive Cars 2 t-shirt. The very same one that I’m giving away right here at Shibley Smiles : Cars 2 Prize Pack Giveaway
Here is a quick Cars 2 synopsis:
Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
I was actually surprised by this movie in many different ways. The movie had more of a mature plot and story line. Definitely a storyline more appropriate for an older child versus the younger child you might think the movie was made for. This is the one major surprise I think many parents are going to run into if they assume it is a Diseny movie aimed at entertaining young children.
I don’t want to give away the plot at all but I few things I will say is there is a lot of guns, explosions, and talk of “getting rid” of cars. Cars were targeted and “taken out” during the race. The movie does mention “killing” Lightening McQueen which I thought was harsh for young children. The movies main character or the character this film revolved around was Mater which may disappoint children that are McQueen fans. Though McQueen learns a valuable lesson regarding friendship and Mater deals with some issues as well these lessons seemed to take more of a back burner to the plot of the story.
To help put it in perspective both my 13 year old son and my 5 year old daughter saw this movie with us. My 13 year old son thought the movie was “AWESOME” my 5 year old daughter thought it was ok and that “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” was much better. My husband found it entertaining and funny. I found the plot surprisingly mature but enjoyable to me as an adult.
Overall the movie was a good movie but not in the way I thought it was going to be. If I had to pick between Cars and Cars 2 I would probably lean towards Cars as being more of an over all family fun movie with some good lessons for your children. However that said I still think the movie was a good movie and I enjoyed watching it. It is hard to make a movie that can appeal to both an adult and child at the same time. Though this may not be the best movie for a 4-6 year old it is a good movie that does indeed entertain older children and their parents.
On a side note my daughter saw the previews for The Muppets and is excited about that movie. I was surprised to see how enthusiastic she was about it but it looks like that is going to be on our list of movies to see when it is released.
Shibley Smiles Opinions:
Appropriate Age: Shibley Smiles feels this movie is better suited for children 8 and up. With the mature story line children under this age may have a hard time enjoying the movie. There are guns, shooting, explosions, and wrecks.
Recommendation: Overall the movie as a whole was good and the plot held the attention of the adults and my older son (age 13). I would recommend this movie it is action packed and is peppered with some good lessons. Shibley Smiles only cautions regarding age and child maturity before deciding if this is the movie for your own children.
Disclaimer: I received movie tickets at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. You may read more of my disclosure here.