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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.
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
Well it's barely better than Brave, so there's that!
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…
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?
This is my third viewing of Cars 2 (at the request of my children) and apparently repetition is grinding down my resistance. It's not a great movie and definitely weaker than the first Cars but at least there is a lot to enjoy visually and there are some well-choreographed action scenes with Finn McMissile.
I found myself in particular appreciating the way that the movement of the cars (particularly in heated dialogue scenes) both defy the laws of physics (axles seem to extend whenever necessary so that a tire can be flourished) and abide by them. I particularly like the way that the cars bounce and rebound on their shocks. It's a subtle thing but sells their physical realness in a way that appeals to me.
Maybe this appreciation of detail is the natural result of me straining for something to enjoy in a poorly-planned story of corporate sabotage that makes very little sense.
While not the disaster that the appalling trailer had led me to expect, 'Cars 2' clearly overtakes its predecessor in the race for the title of Pixar's worst movie. The mistake here is in making Lightning McQueen's rusty tow-truck buddy Mater the star of the show. The 'lovable lunkhead' thing is fine in (very) small doses, but it can't carry an entire movie. Though there's lots of fun to be found in the incidental detail, it can't hide that there's very little emotional involvement.
The animation is better than the first and its great to hear Michael Caine doing one of the voices but it breaks the rules of how dumb a movie can be.
I think it's impossible for me to hate a Pixar film, but this is probably the closest I'll get.
Beautifully detailed and imaginative animation. Unfortunately supporting a disappointing and not very imaginative story.
I remember so little about 'Cars 2' other than just being disappointed despite seeing the film for free and going in with zero expectations to begin with. Pixar saw an opportunity to milk the cow here and they took it, and that's fine. A lot of films over the years have been made first and foremost because it's a profitable property, but a lot of them still ended up being enjoyable. 'Cars 2' is not one of those movies. It's just a mess, even with the inclusion of Michael Caine. Like I said, I didn't have any expectations but I still thought the movie was deplorable.
I totally agree with Chris Stuckmann on this movie. Ightning McQueen, teamed with Mater, goes on an international tour to race some of the fastest cars in the world. This movie sucks with out no doubt, the movie felt boring and it lacks on the story which is a disappoint.
Well it's barely better than Brave, so there's that!
I've heard so much about how bad this movie is that I'm actually surprised that it didn't stink to high heavens. It was pretty good, to be honest.
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