I enjoyed this film a lot – something I wasn’t expecting to do. It did take a while for me to get into it – I found at least the first third of the film to be pretty dull (admittedly, car races do nothing for me, so the entire opening sequence left me thinking, “Oh PLEASE don’t make me sit through another hour of this”). But then it picked up and got interesting (I think the tractor tipping was the turning point for me – that was SO FUNNY)! I will also say that this film features one of my all-time favourite Disney movie endings. Seriously. I found this a very satisfying ending, so much more so than usual, but obviously I can’t go into detail without spoiling it for those who haven’t yet seen it.
I do agree with others who’ve said it’s maybe not the best kid’s movie ever. My son enjoyed it, but he wasn’t raving over it, and he got wiggly by the end, which tells me he’d lost interest somewhere along the way. It was definitely worth seeing, though. Based on the way I felt walking out of the cinema, I’ll rate it 8/10.