Cars 2 (2011)

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Cars 2 (2011)
  • Time: 106 min
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
  • Directors: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
  • Cast: Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt

Storyline:

After Mater gets his best friend, star race car Lightning McQueen, a spot in the very first World Grand Prix, he is given the job of pit crew chief. But while they are in Japan, Mater crosses paths with Holly Shiftwell, a spy searching for an American spy. Unknown to Mater, the American spy attached a tracking device on him while being attacked. Thinking the tow truck is the spy, Holly and another spy, Finn McMissile, take Mater around the world to find and stop an evil plot created by “lemons,” old cars considered ugly.

2 reviews

  • Cars 2 was a very good and memorable movie. It had a focus on Mater, Lightning McQueen’s best friend, in the sequel, which was a slight rehash of the original Cars, but I think John Lasseter has made a good decision on making a sequel and done a really good effort and he is cleaning up his act to make up for making needless and annoyingly Americanised dubs on Studio Ghibli films, which I think was a bad decision Lasseter made, which is a big consolation and it made up his talent. Keep up the good work, Mr Lasseter, and may I wish you and Pixar the best in the future.

    The negative was there was a tiny rehash on the original Cars at the end.

    The positives were there was plenty of action, the new characters were good, the voice cast featuring Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, etc was excellent, the music by Michael Giacchino was very cinematic, the animation was well done and the agent story was quite entertaining.

    Overall, the sequel to Cars is a film I highly recommend for any Pixar, Cars and John Lasseter fan, like me. You will not be disappointed

  • John Lasseter’s Cars 2 is not as disappointing as expected, though together with its prequel, Cars (2006), they represent the weakest points in Pixar’s admired filmography over the last fifteen years. I find it curious that Lasseter would want to make a sequel to, of all Pixar films, Cars, a film that despite its fresh and perky concept at the time, remains to be seen trying too hard to impress, while at the same time lacking in the kind of critical appeal that had been lavished on every other Pixar feature in the past. Still, expect an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature for the film, but no guaranteed win this time.

    That being said, Cars 2 is actually a quite entertaining film, though I suspect for Pixar that is the minimum prerequisite. The plot is straightforward, focusing on the relationship between Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), the race car, and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), the rusty tow truck. A new adventure is in stored for them as they travel halfway around the world to Japan, where the first (out of three) World Grand Prix race is held. However, there seems to be a conspiracy brewing behind-the-scenes regarding a new fuel called Allinol, with Mater unintentionally getting sucked into the whirlwind world of spy action.

    The animation is very realistic and colourful, though the movements of the car characters as they speed, fly, and jump from one place to another seem to bend the laws of physics too much. Perhaps this is what makes viewers take the film less seriously, and thus investing less emotional interest in the characters. Unlike the toys in the Toy Story trilogy (1995, 1999, 2010), or the talking robots in Wall-E (2008), both of which have humanized features and adhere to some form of physical logic, cars are difficult to see as humanized as they are known to men for more than a century now as mechanized tools.

    One wonders how much effort was put into the animation component of the film, because the end result is stunning, which is thankful because that is probably the film’s biggest strength. Lasseter’s film is inspired by a host of films that make up the subgenre of spy movies, most notably James Bond flicks. One scene in which a car transforms into a mini-submarine is reminiscent of a similar scene in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Other scenes see cars trying to wriggle their way out of tight situations as the time bomb ticks. It may all look strange to the human eye, but Cars 2 is at the very least a decent family movie that is sprinkled with bots of humour throughout. Kudos to Mater for that.

    GRADE: B (7.5/10)

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