Sunday, July 3, 2011
I'm Disappointed with Cars 2
I did walk away disappointed though. As much as I enjoyed the experience, and even the movie, I was taken aback by the sheer volume of violence and intense scenes throughout this G rated kids movie.
I loved the original Cars movie probably more than any other kids movie out there. It was such a good movie, yet totally clean and absent of the evil villains that typically ruin most otherwise perfectly good kids movies. I loved that the essential conflict of the movie was an inner character conflict of Lightning McQueen. I loved that it could mesmerize a very young child without scaring them. It truly was an awesome movie for all ages!
In Cars 2 the first five minutes of the movie was an intense fiery shoot out that left both of my kids covering their eyes in fear. In fact way too much of the movie consisted of needless violence including multiple assassinations/assassination attempts. There were also several potentially perilous scenes that left both of my kids burying their heads in their blankets.
I also could have done without the bar scenes, potty humor, blatant political agenda and complicated plot line.
How this movie ended up with a G rating is beyond me. It's so disappointing to see a sequel so different from the original in terms of family friendliness that I was totally caught off guard. It was one show I thought I could take my five and seven year old kids to without previewing it or reading a review first (both of these are impossible since we saw the first showing at 12:01 am).
Pixar, I'm quite disappointed. My five year old Cars loving son has no desire to watch this movie again. I'd say you missed the mark of your target audience... by a long shot.
It was a fun family experience, but I'm sad it was wasted on such disappointing movie.