Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?
Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
Jesus Christ, it reminds me of Fay Grim (2006)......
What a bizarre turn of bizarre events that came straight out from Bizarro world. I saw Cars 2 for the first time exactly one week after watching Hal Hartley's sequel to Henry Fool, called Fay Grim. And it suffers from exactly the same f***ing syndrome: an illusion of international espionage parody.
What's the use? What's the logic behind such decision? In what book is it stated that making a film with thought-provoking reflections, either metaphysical, earthly or heartwarming, and continuing it with a "comedic" international espionage twist is supposed to contribute ANYTHING to the story? I would only justify such attempt with independent or renowned filmmakers, as was the…
What an unbelievably lazy film.
I know, I know, you're gonna go all 'This wasn't made for you' on me, but I say to hell with that! I'm a 37 year old kid who loves animated movies, so I'm bloody certain it was made for me.
Shame on you, Pixar, shame on you
In preparation for the sequel I thought I'd give the first film another try after being underwhelmed by it on its original release and in truth I liked it even less. But Cars was still an okay film, just not comparable with Pixar's normally high standards. I'm sad to say that Cars 2 is the studio’s first flat out bad film.
Yes, the animation is absolutely stunning but this is the very least we should expect from a Pixar movie. Unfortunately, that is also all that is good about a film that seems solely made to shift more merchandise. The uninteresting spy plot dominates the film which provides two problems - too much screen time for Mater (he was bad…
The cars are spies. Why are the cars spies?
I don't believe the first CARS film was financially motivated, it seemed to be a product of one of John Lasseter's passions the same way TOY STORY was. He likes cars and racing, it's a simple, childish love and came across as a simple, childish film made with love.
With CARS 2 I can start to see where the cynicism is coming from. It's barely about racing anymore, which seemed to be the logical thing that cars would do in their own world. Spies though? I probably shouldn't question it, this is a movie made for five-year-olds. It has tons of kids humour like mistaking wasabi for ice cream and jokes…
At one point one of the cars is knocked out with some kind of sleeping gas. So the cars actually breathe?
Pixar is famous for their massive talent for making quality animated films that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. From the streets of Paris in Ratatouille to the offices in Monsters Inc., Pixar is better than good at what they do and they do it very well. But with their most recent efforts, they have been lacking in quality each time a film is released by them and one of those films is Cars 2.
I vaguely remember liking the first Cars, when it released in 2006. But looking back on it, the film didn't seem to have that same Pixar feeling to it that their other films had. And now with…
Wow. This movie was so bad I forgot I saw it. Midway through, I kept thinking, "They must have released a lot of clips from this, because it's all so familiar."
I hope Pixar never sinks past this low point. One thing that struck me is that a big reason this franchise doesn't really work is that the better the animation gets, the less convincing the illusion. The machines never become real characters, the technique is too smooth.
A Movie a Day: Day 16 - Movie 2
Basic thought of the film:
Seeing that i loved the movie, i was surprised at myself that i had not seen this film sooner.
The film , as with everything with pixar, was very well done. But with the success of the first film, i feel this movie could have a lot more to it.
With this film we follow Tater rather than lightning mcqueen and as interesting as that was, with the character being funny, i would have preferred the film to have centered around mcqueen again. Did put into perspective a lot more of the world of cars as you travel across the world, seeing the Eiffel tower or seeing tall buildings made for cars rather then people.
All in all an interesting watch, but not as good as the first
Man, this movie. What made Kung Fu Panda 2 so good was that it explained things. It gave answers to all questions we had about the first one. A month later, Disney made Pixar their bitch and instead of what became two movies about wolves and parrots released this heaping mess.
Now, I admit to liking the first Cars because it put a familiar story to good use. Mater was also a fun character. But because people liked Mater, Johnny Boy thought it'd continue Pixar's stream of success to make him the star, when Larry the Cable Guy is known as one of the worst comedians known to man, and when he's the star of a sequel that he wasn't…
So much of what made the first film good is absent from this film. Putting Mater front and center was a mistake. He's a better second fiddle. This is Pixar's first real flop (IMHO).
What the hell is up with the Cars franchise?
Cars 2 is a very poor, very heartless, humourless, and emotionless Pixar movie.
A *Pixar* movie.
Cars 2 once again revolves around a baffling selling point to kids: Anthropomorphic cars, and it falls flat on its face.
I understand kids can enjoy cars and such...But this is about racing. Like, proper racing. And most kids don't care for that stuff. Toys, monsters in the closet, the ocean...So many more accessible ideas from Pixar, and then you get *Cars*...
Cars 2 is a run of the mill James Bond/spy genre spin. Less Owen Wilson this time, which is an alright thing, but more Larry The Cable Guy that offers more meh.
Cars may have been my least favorite of the recent Pixar releases, so to say that the sequel is about the same is probably faint praise. Yes, the animation is incredible, and there are excellent voices from Michael Caine, John Turturro and Larry the Cable Guy... but otherwise this probably isn't worth going out of your way to see.
Cars was the only Pixar movie I was in no rush to see, but even when I did I was still surprised by how alternately dull and annoying I found it.
Cars 2 is really no worse, even though its promoting of Mater to lead character is some blood-curdling shit. The fresh scenery and amusing new characters (especially the snooty Italian racer voiced by John Turturro) keep it on life-support for its length, though I doubt this will ever be something I remember fondly.
No where near as good as the first one, the story behind it was a bit stupid. Apart from that it had some great animation.
It will certainly delight little kids who loved it's predecessor but Cars 2 fails to capture that famous Pixar blend of humor that can entertain adults and kids alike. They seem to fail to live up to standards they rewrote themselves.
Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?
How 'The Pixar Theory' shows all the films may be connected; jonnegroni.com/2013/07/11/the-pixar-theory/
(Potential spoilers if you've not seen…
Man, this was difficult....