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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mars Needs Moms ~ My Review {and contest info}

March 11th was a big day for the movie Mars Needs Moms. In IMAX 3D, it opened in theaters nation wide. I had the special privilege of going to a screening of this movie with my mom the weekend prior to its release. 

Why did I take my mom and not my son? Well, I noticed that the movie is rated PG and I like to preview movies so I'm sure Alex can handle them at the age of 3 {almost 4}. I'm so happy I didn't have him sitting next to me for this screening as I know his sensitivities would make him uneasy with the feeling of aliens steeling a mom away. 

Having said that, though, I'm sure that my son would enjoy all the action and adventure in this movie. There is such a spirit of "don't give up" that drives this film from beginning to end. I was wondering what would happen next the whole time. There were moments I laughed. There were moments I cried. {Yes, I cried.} And there was even a time I leaned over to my mom and said "Sorry, mom." as I saw a familiar scene from my own childhood played out. 

The story is touching, funny, and sends a wonderful message about the importance of moms, as well as the importance of family in general. My mom and I both thought it was spectacular and think it's so good to see such important messages being relayed to today's family. 

When we went to the screening, we were able to see it in an IMAX 3D theater. This was my first experience with seeing a movie like this and I thought it was breathtaking. Really, it was larger than life but I felt like it was real. It was fun watching all the little hands reaching up for things as they flew off the screen at us. What was more impressive, though, was watching the "behind the scenes" footage of the making of the film while the closing credits ran. I never knew what went into creating a movie like this and it was so cool to see a bit of how it works. 

Would you like to see a clip from the movie? Check this out!

From the Press Release:

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway?  Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one. 

I give this movie "two thumbs up" and recommend it to an audience of 6-ish years old and up.

Now, I can't just tell you about this amazing, new, Disney Movie without giving you a chance to win something. Until March 31, 2011, you can enter to win this Nissan Quest! I want to win!! {Click on the image to go to the contest page.}

**My mom and I received free admission to the screening of Mars Needs Moms from Walt Disney Pictures for the purpose of review and sharing our experience with you. This review is written based on our experience exclusively. Other opinions may vary.**



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