As a member of Warner Home Video super exclusive Blu-Ray Elite team, I get access to some of the greatest movies ever made. My mission is to give you how these movies fit in the life of a Dad.
Movie: Journey 2: the Mysterious Island
Finally a kids movie, though not an obvious classic this is one of those wonderful time wasters that grab kids attention and doesn’t let it go for almost 2 hours. A sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, the movie exchanges Brendan Fraser for the The Rock and follow the adventures of the Andersons as they try to find the Mysterious Island depicted in books such as Treasure Island and Gulliver’s Travels. In my mind ,this is the spiritual successor to Honey I Shrunk the Kids, as the inhabitants of the island are all reversed in size, therefore big animals are small and small animals are enormous leading to dinosaur like insects and reptiles. Oh yeah, there is definitely a bee flying scene as well.
Dad Factor: medium/low: While there is quite a bit to forget about in the movie and not much in terms of adult laughs, I didn’t find the movie unwatchable. Though I don’t think I will watch this one on my own, but I could stand repeat watching with the family (If necessary!)
Kid Factor: High: This one hits on a lot of cylinders, fun action, insects and reptiles for the boys and a high school musical star as a strong female co star for the girls. Overall, it is tough seeing how kids don’t have a good time watching the movie.
Date Factor: medium: In a traditional sense, this movie is not a date movie, but I look at it in terms of a family date similar to how we recently watched it. Let me set the scene. We are on vacation visiting family in South America, but sometimes going out and doing the touristy thing doesn’t have the same appeal. At times it is better to relax and spend a night in. Fortunately, an uncle has set up a projector outside of his home. Therefore, we put some seats together cooked up some hot-dogs and popcorn and all sat together as a large family to watch the movie. For me, it has been one of the better experiences of the trip so far.
Cool Blu-Ray Features: The best way to watch the movie is in 3D, especially since a good amount of the sight gags are related to the medium. In addition, there is the usual assortment of gag reels, games and other cools little learning experiences for kids to enjoy after the movie is over.
Bottom Line: A good standard family movie, nothing special, but with the added component of 3D it makes for a fun experience for everyone.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie on Blu-Ray for my participation in the Warner Brothers Blu-Ray elite program. These are my unbiased opinions.