I feel bad, but we were invited to the fancy pants cinema locally for a sneak preview of Cars 2, and as it's been freezing down here in
The irony was that we were off to see Cars 2....not in our car.
But wow. Just WOW. It was so worth it.
First off, I should tell you that we all LOVED the original Cars movie.
Lovely husband has a minor crush on the animated sexiness that is Sally, the cartoon love in the form of a royal blue 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera.
My son, Charlie, is, of course a huge fan of the protagonist, Lightning McQueen (voiced by the lovely laid back Owen Wilson.)
Lexie and Olivia and I, whilst less obsessed with the cars, love a story of triumph, and whilst I was sad that Doc would not make an appearance in Cars 2 (as a result of the sad demise of Paul Newman, who was the gorgeous voice of Doc in the original Cars) I was still chomping at the bit to see Cars 2. And I fell in love with Finn McMissile instead, voiced by the endearing Micheal Cane.
As a family, we were not disappointed.
We saw it in 3D and were all utterly captivated.
Pixar outdo themselves with movies like this, they really do. If you (or your children, or, all of you...) have been blown away in the past by any of the Toy Story movies, by Finding Nemo, by Monsters Inc or by Up, then Cars 2 will not disappoint.
Memorable characters that are funny and heartwarming. Brilliant animations and voice work, Cars 2 will appeal to audiences of all ages.
Many "kids movies" make me want to stab myself in the eye with a fork. (Alvin and the Chipmunks, anyone?)
Cars 2 did not. I laughed and cried and I didn't want it to end.
It sends strong messages of friendship, of good triumphing over evil, and of loving yourself just the way you are. Mater is the star of the show, he really is.
From Japan to Italy to London and back to Radiator Springs, Cars2 is filled with a whole new adventure, and it's amazing.
If you love the James Bond genre of movie, you will LOVE the clever way Cars 2 steps up a notch from the original. Car chases, a clever plot, witty dialogue and action scenes are amazing dare devil feats abound. Brilliant inventions and spy gadgetry, combined with another love interest in the gorgeous pink form of Special Agent Holly Shiftwell are thrilling. (This is why it works so brilliantly well for both kids and adults. We were ALL engaged equally.)
This is anthropomorphism at its absolute animated best.
I cannot wait for Cars 3, and neither can the children.
In between times, I have an all cinemas family pass to see Cars 2 at YOUR local cinema to give away. Valid for Birch Carroll and Coyle, Event, Greater Union, Hoyts, Movie Masters, Palace, Reading, Wallis and Village Cinemas, I think this will cover pretty much anyone, even the drive in! The family pass admits 4 and is valued at $80.
All you need to do to enter make sure you are following my blog, and then leave me a comment telling me your favourite car character from the original Cars movie.
The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday 27th June. Open to Australian residents only.
Disclaimer - I was not paid for this review, but we were given a free preview showing pass so that we could watch the movie and preview it for you...