Scott on December 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm
Three years ago, I took my then 11.5 year old daughter and 10 year old son to see National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage. We had an amazingly good time at this movie that had little (if any) language issues, no sex, and violence of the generic kind that didn’t involve mayhem, dismemberment or spurting blood. Not once did I cringe during the 2+ hours. I think it was also fun because I took them to the latest showing on a weekend (11:50 pm), which meant we didn’t get out of the theater until after 2:00 am. They thought that was SO COOL and it was fun to be able to treat them to a different kind of movie experience. I think that for my kids, this movie was the equivalent of what Raiders of the Lost Ark was for me back in 1981 when I was (gulp) 15 – an experience in thoroughly enjoyable cinematic story-telling
Now comes the 2nd installment, National Treasure: Book of Secrets. My kids are now 14.5 and 13, but we are still looking forward to a replay of our last experience… including the midnight showing with semi-stale popcorn, giant camel-thirst sized drinks, and enough Red Vines, Peanut M&Ms and Mike and Ikes to choke a small army!
So far, the reviews are really good including this one from the Washington Post in which the reviewer says:
Cage is back in crackling good form in “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” and it’s clear that with this installment, the filmmakers (producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub) intend for the franchise to resuscitate the derring-do and lighthearted entertainment of Saturday matinee serials of yore. And as a larky popcorn romp, “Book of Secrets” indeed recalls those classics…It’s been said by a far smarter colleague than I that the “National Treasure” movies are what “The Da Vinci Code” should have been…There’s a swiftness and swashbuckling sparkle to the enterprise that makes it enjoyable…
I know that Christmas Break is a time that children (and especially teens) roam the streets and malls looking for something to do, including going to the movies (again and again and again). For any parents of teens and tweens out there, I encourage you to set this movie aside as one to see WITH your kids. Don’t just send them. Go with them. It promises to be a cringe-free experience that can give you a chance to actually just hang out with your kids and for your kids to just hang out with you.
And sometimes, that is a very good thing.
Category: Movies |