Our boys had been counting down the days until Cars 2. Seriously. For, like, a year. When we were down to the last few "sleeps", I thought Josiah was going to lose his mind ... he was so excited.
We were pretty excited too.
We had ADORED the first Cars movie. It was such a sweet story, with no "evil" or scary parts ... well ... maybe the "car tipping" part. But that was it ...
We arrived at the theatre an hour early - anticipating crowds ... but the theatre had done a great job of having a bunch of screening rooms assigned to "Cars 2". There were only a handful of us in the theatre.
The movie started and we were whispering back and forth about how excited we were. And then ... within just a few minutes, I realized this was going to be a VERY different experience.
** do not read on if you don't want to know details about this movie **
The idea is simple enough .., Cars 2 is a spy movie. And that's an attractive genre, but we were not anticipating the guns, bombs, and the words "death" and "kill". Cars were being blown up ... tortured for information ... hunted.
My boys were VERY bothered by this ... but I should also say they ARE sensitive to these kinds of visual things. We have to be very careful of what they watch - Mattias is 6, and Josiah is 4. And some things that don't bother others, cause our boys to have nightmares.
Josiah hid his eyes behind his Light'ning for parts of the movie ... Now - this movie is rated "G". And we never felt strong enough to actually LEAVE the movie, but we definitely were hoping that it would get lighter as it went along ...
This was my feeling ... I felt like this movie was made for those little boys who were 5 when the first Cars movie came out, and were now 9 or 10. The storyline was complicated - far to complex for my boys, especially Josiah. And we were sad to not see many of the old characters, except for Mater. Sally, Red, Flo, Luigi, Sarge ... they were in just a few short scenes.
The other thing that was frustrating was most of the characters had accents. And yes, Luigi and Guido did in the first movie, along with southern accents of Mater and Chick Hicks ... but this was different. The spies had english accents, and the main race car had and Italian accent. I could tell that Josiah was lost at times, and didn't always understand what was being said.
So. All in all - It was disappointing ... mainly because Toy Story seemed to just get better with each sequel. And Cars 2 seemed to just ... not. When we left the theatre, Josiah looked at me and said, "Mummy - I don't think we should get that DVD."
So disappointing for us - but I hope that if you got a chance to see it, that you and your family had a fantastic time ... I know that so many will love the "smart"ness of the story and it will definitely appeal to the vast majority. And I do think that we will get the DVD one day *smile*. I think that the parts that were scarier, won't be on a tv screen - rather than a movie screen with dolby sound *grin*.
But for us is was a 4/10
If you saw it, what did you think??