I mentioned recently (in my Cars 2 giveaway post…hurry and enter if you haven’t already!) that I was invited to the Houston Press Screening of Cars 2. So on Saturday, my husband, myself and our 2 children (ages 4 and 2) head over to the Edwards Marq*E theater here in Houston, TX.
Once inside we were greeted by Radio Disney and some other local radio stations ready to pump us up and get us ready for the very first screening (we got to see it before LA!) of Cars 2! I love how Disney really builds up their screenings, they make them so much fun! There was dancing and fun trivia and even some cool Cars 2 loot handed out!
Finally, it was time for the movie to start.
Let’s start with my favorite preview:
The Lion King! We got to see a sneak peak of the 3D version of The Lion King that will be released in theaters in September. Calling it incredible doesn’t even do it justice. The Lion King in 3D is going to be spectacular!
Next of course, the infamous Pixar short cartoon that we all look forward to (some of us look forward to the short more then the movie!) before every Pixar film. This one doesn’t disappoint. I’m not going to spoil anything for you, but it is a Toy Story short. This short picks up where Toy Story 3 left off (the toys are with Bonnie) and gives us a little glance into the lives of our favorite toys today. Super cute and very funny.
Now onto the main event!
Cars 2 Review
First off, I want to preface this review by saying that I am not going to release any big spoilers, but I will go into some details about the film. It’s the only way I can really give an honest review, but don’t worry I won’t give anything juicy away! You will still be able to watch this film and be surprised over and over again!
Cars 2 opens up a bit after where Cars 1 left off. Lightning McQueen is coming home from an exhausting racing season and is ready to spend some time with his best girl Sally and of course his BFF Mater.
Since Lightning McQueen hanging around Radiator Springs is pretty much the premise of the last movie though, he doesn’t stick around long!
McQueen is challenged to a world wide race and his buddy Mater gets to tag along this time.
From there, things get a bit more action packed.
We’re talking spies, bombs, guns and even Cars meeting their untimely deaths.
The main plot itself is a bit heavy for young children, but there is plenty of action, adventure and silliness that they certainly won’t find themselves bored.
The biggest appeal of the original Cars movie was the amazing message.
I would say that Cars 2 also has some amazing messages, but they aren’t as deep and resounding as the message of the original. I think adults will get one message, and kids might walk away with another one entirely. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but worth pointing out.
I was entertained throughout the entire movie and I could tell my children were as well. My 4 year old was absolutely entranced and is even more Cars obsessed now then he was prior to watching the movie!
As a parent, I will say that while I found the movie enjoyable, I am a bit perplexed about why Pixar decided to take this more action packed (read: guns and bombs) route with Cars 2. It felt a bit more like a movie made for adults that kids would enjoy then a movie made for kids that adults would enjoy.
That said, I do consider this movie to be family friendly and worth taking your children to see.
However, if you have children that get riled up by violence and guns, I think you might want to avoid this movie. Likewise, if you have children that don’t enjoy explosions, you might want to avoid this movie. I would compare the level of violence and explosions to The Incredibles. Lots of explosions and suspense and backstabbing, but overall still a good clean fun family movie.
My final thought is that I think most parents and kids will walk away happy that they watched Cars 2.
The biggest endorsement I can give this movie is that we will be pre-ordering the blu-ray as soon as it’s available ;).
I give Cars 2 an A- (and gave Cars 1 an A+!).
Want to watch the trailer? Check it out here:
Do you think you’ll take your kids to see Cars 2? We actually might take them again once it arrives in theaters on June 24th!