For any mom of a young boy, the release of Cars 2 on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack was no doubt a very big deal and our household was no exception. My five-year-old son has been a fan of anything with a motor almost since the day he was born and though he has outgrown the original Cars movie a little, that didn’t prevent him from wriggling in excitement every time he saw a preview of Cars 2! Here’s a brief synopsis of the movie:
Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater 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. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, 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. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colourful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
I had heard that this movie was more suited to older children, and after watching it for myself I am inclined to agree. In fact, I found it to be a very entertaining movie even for an adult! The secret agent theme that was featured in Cars 2 provided lots of opportunities for fun gadget scenes, clever plays on words and other concepts that were geared more towards older children. I definitely wouldn’t see a preschool child understanding much of the plot of the movie and there is some name-calling that parents might not want younger children exposed to.
At five, however, Zackary was a great age for this movie. I don’t think that every five-year-old would necessarily enjoy it as much as he did, but with his love of racecars, he had a wonderful time watching Cars 2. He also enjoyed a lot of the physical humour in the movie as well as the comical interplay between Lightning McQueen and the Italian racecar Francesco Bernoulli. And even during the parts of the film that went over his head a bit, the fast-paced action of the film kept him entertained. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the plot of the movie and I was so glad that Zackary had enjoyed it as much as we had; it will certainly become one of our favourite choices for family movie night!
I was happy to see Mater step up and play a major role in Cars 2 too! He is very much the main character of the movie and it is nice to see more of his personality in this film. While he does, of course, provide plenty of comic relief, he also provides kids with valuable lessons about standing by your friends and believing in yourself. If you have school-aged boys in your house, Cars 2 is a great choice for a fun movie that you can enjoy with them. Cars 2 is available now on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, so check your local DVD retailer or shop online now. You and your kids will have a blast racing around the world with Lightning McQueen and Mater!