November 20, 2012
Not at all what I expected...
What seems on the surface to be an homage to the video games of my youth, quickly turns into a deep and satisfying tale about coming to grips about who you are - and what brings you comfort as you fulfil your role. My kids would see this as a fun, animated movie about a big guy and a sweet little racer overcoming obstacles to win the day. However, as an almost-40 dad, I saw things quite differently.
Without getting too deep, I'd say this is a fantastic movie for kids of all ages. Parents will find a satisfying message, and kids will love the action. Between flashbacks to days at the arcade, you will find clean, family humor, lots of action, and a great script. How many of us can relate to the idea that: "I'm a badguy, but I'm not a bad guy!" Loved it. Maybe I'll take my kids next time I see it.
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