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Ladies and Gents! Start Your Engines…

June 27, 2011

…and head on over to see Cars 2 for some fun!

In the Hollywood fashion of sequels, Cars 2 is one of more merit than many others! Highly successful! And when it comes to animation, well, Pixar never disappoints! Take a quick glance at all of the other animated films that have launched so far this year:

  • Rango
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Rio
  • Hoodwinked Too! Good vs. Evil
  • Kung Fu Panda 2

Most on that list belong in the “Forgettable Fun” bin at your local discount video store! Fortunately, Cars 2 does not belong in said bin!…but barely!

To the delight of lovers of the original, Cars 2 reunites fans with the likes of Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), and Sally (voiced by Bonnie Hunt), and introduces some new characters into the mix such as Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine), Holley Shiftwell (voiced by Emily Mortimer), Sir Miles Axelrod (voiced by Eddie Izzard), and Francesco Bernoulli (voiced by John Turturro)! In this fun animated film, not only does Pixar blend old and new characters, but Pixar also blends old and new plots and ideas together in this high-octane adventure!

The characters in Cars 2 make the majority of the film fun to watch, evoking audible laughter from viewers of all ages. Mater is up to his same old naive self, McQueen is balancing racing and life in Radiator Springs, the races are a lot of fun, the plot is engaging, and the animation is flawless! Thank you, Pixar, for making this film an visually enjoyable film to watch.

However, it may not be the most enjoyable film to follow. For being an animated film geared towards kids of all ages, it might surprise you to find a high amount of political and environmental issues, unexpected darker and/or more violent scenes, a bigger level of awkwardness/annoyance (reminiscent of Dinner for Schmucks), and a bit too much going on in the film. From spies, guns, explosions, and sleek cars that would make James Bond jealous to a worldwide Grand Prix that may have made Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 jealous!

Unfortunately, Cars 2 travels all over the place! Younger audiences may find themselves lost in the the mumbo-jumbo of the political/environmental jargon. Cars 2 focuses less on the sum of the side characters this time around (ignoring a highly successful part of Cars), but the focus does not rest on McQueen either! The film, this time around, depends almost entirely on the shenanigans of Mater. Which will make many people happy, but it gets old and redundant very fast causing the movie to spin its wheels until the plot moves forward on to the final act!

Overall, though, Cars 2 makes the cut as an enjoyable sequel with an exciting beginning sequence, continued vocal talent from the first one, and fantastic visuals. The holes in the plot, the back and forth of the story, and the rushed relationship of Mater with all other characters, including McQueen, all in all, end up being forgivable.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score: 3 out of 5 stars for “Cars 2

With all of the sequels that release this year (27 to be exact, the most ever in a single year!), perhaps the Oscars, or at least The Razzies, should add two new award categories: “Best and Worst Sequel!”

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