Review of “Cars”

I’d forgotten that I hadn’t done this yet, decease but before my dad died, Christina and I went to see Cars. I wanted to write a review of the movie, and then in all the business of the last week or so, I totally forgot. Katrina blogged about the movie today, so I decided to post my review.

The hard part for me with this review will be to separate the movie experience from the actual movie. See, we went to see Cars in a new theater in Salt Lake has 10 all-digital auditoriums. Basically, it was like watching Cars in HDTV, with a 50 foot screen. The digital cinema was breathtaking. The clarity and brightness was phenomenal. It was like nothing I have ever seen. If you are going to go see this movie again, you should check to see if you have a digital cinema near you. It was worth it. There is only one theater chain in Utah that has the digital cinema projectors: the Megaplex Theaters. (Here are a list of digital cinemas world-wide.) Digital show times at the Megaplex theaters are noted by the Digital Auditorium icon. (Not all showings of Cars are digital (about half are, depending on the location), and not all movies have been produced digitally, so only selected titles are available in digital.) Currently Megaplex Theaters had ten digital cinema auditoriums at The District, five at Jordan Commons and four at the Gateway.

In addition to the great theater experience, I loved this movie! I read a review that said that Pixar could make a movie about socks and dust and could make you like it, and I wouldn’t doubt it.

When I saw the first preview for Cars last year, I started to wonder if this would be the movie that ruined Pixar’s great reputation. I mean, cars as characters? And they hoped to please a wide-age range audience? My faith was weak. It needn’t have been.

Cars works because Pixar knows how to tell a story. They create characters that you can care about, and they twist them into a meaningful plot with just enough sentimentalism to make it feel-good without making it sappy. Cars is, first, a great story, and second, a movie with great animation (and third, even better in digital cinema…). Not to mention being very, very funny. I don’t want to ruin any of the jokes for you, so I won’t repeat any of them here. But do stay for the entire credits. There is some really cute post-movie additions that you’ll miss if you leave as the credits begin to roll.

It’s family friendly, yet still great date material. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, go watch it. And if it is available in digital cinema anywhere near you, it’s worth the drive to the theater. You won’t be disappointed.

And if you are, then you just don’t know a good movie when you see it. 🙂

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