Sunday, May 11, 2008

Go Speed Racer!

So Speed Racer was a total success, with a few minor exceptions (and it was eventually added to the calendar - lest I doubt them next time!).

The Good: We went to see it at theIMAX theater at the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum out near Dulles Airport, which in and of itself is cool. We had a plane fly right over us going in AND coming out. We got there with plenty of time to spare. We got an up close parking spot. We brought our own water bottles (no snacks allowed but water was, but no one touched it). The seats were comfortable and since no food in the theater, no sticky floors! The movie itself was GREAT! The kids loved it and the parents did too. I'd love to see a sequel, or prequel, or whatever they come out with - I really dug it!

The Bad: We got there about 25 minutes early, but we were near the end of the line to get in. We had to sit up towards the front and off to the side a bit. In an IMAX theater, not a good thing. We were WAAAAAY too close. The movie itself was almost sensory overload. When you add to that the IMAX size of the screen, well, it was almost too much to take. But we managed.

The Ugly: OH MY GOD. The kiddo in the movie flips the bird, and there are MULTIPLE utterances of the word A**. It's a PG movie, sure, but the violence alone would do that - shooting and fighting and a fish tank gone bad. But man, was the swearing and finger gesturing necessary? Hopefully me kids didn't notice - Tom nearly choked when he saw that middle finger come out, but hopefully none of our kids will bring that finger to school. (Double crossing my fingers on this one!)

Otherwise, it was a fantastic movie, and I'm sure we'll see it again. But next time, not in an IMAX. for that matter, if we do go again, we'll get there really early, and we'll certainly choose a less sensory stimulating movie than this one.

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