Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
MONSTER TRUCKS - Review
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Director: Chris Wedge
Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy
Plot: After an oil drilling accident, a high school boy finds a creature that has the talent to control trucks
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD
Sometimes I wish there was a PG-10 rating. I don't think we need to go crazy with 157 different ratings for movies, but a PG-10 would be good. There feels like such a wide gap between PG and PG-13 that films like this have nowhere to find a good comfort zone.
This movie is rated PG and it feels like it all the way through. It's not a bad film at all (for kids), but it could have been a much better film (for everyone) if it had a little bit more drama and suspense. (Like a PG-10 Rating would allow). Unfortunately, that probably would have knocked it into the PG-13 category...a place where Nickelodeon Films do not want to be.
I saw this movie with a six year old girl and a 17 year old boy. The girl enjoyed the whole movie and was never scared nor did she have any moments where the plot was over her head. The boy said he was surprised it was as good as it was. He said he was expecting it to be terrible, but in reality he found it funny and a decent watch.
This is the kind of film that is a great stepping stone for young kids moving from animated kids' films to "big kid" movies. It's not too scary or intense, but it does offer more complex issues.
As for the quality of the movie, it's about what you'd expect from Nickelodeon. It isn't cinematic royalty by far. It lives more in the land of "just slightly better than a made for TV flick."
If you are looking for a fun time out with the whole family, MONSTER TRUCK will most likely do it, however there is zero reason to spend the big bucks to see this in 3D or on the huge screens. You best bet is just to wait until it hits the DVD shelves, then it will totally be worth the time and money.