My family and I saw Cars 2 in the theaters and while the effects were outstanding (water! speed chases! explosions!)--the story-line was so-so.
Basically, a bunch of lemons take ownership of a secret oil reserves in the ocean--and they want revenge on the "pretty" cars that never break down.
It's a weak premise, and lacks the heart of the original Cars.
I didn't care about any of the new characters, which are basically James Bond-type spies. Sure, there's some amusing moments and brief visits with the original cast members (Lizzie, Sarge, Red, Fillmore, etc.), but they are VERY small portions of the movie.
There is TONS of action in Cars 2--too much, really. It made me dizzy. Lots of gunfire and explosions, which is why it's rated PG. It felt like a movie made for young boys...and the Dads that would take them to see it.
My son enjoyed it, but he loves all Pixar movies. My husband and I weren't very impressed with this one. Even the "short" at the begining (a Toy Story short I can't even remember) was...well, forgettable.
If you like car chases, spy stuff and tons of explosions, you may like this movie. If you're expecting the relaxed pace and heart of the first Cars, you'll be very disappointed.
You're better off waiting for this movie to come out on DVD as a renter, rather than spend the $ seeing in the theaters or buying the DVD without first viewing Cars 2.
Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the original “Cars”, it wasn’t bad but I thought it was the weakest Pixar production to date and so I was dumbfounded as to why Pixar would make a sequel out of it after “Toy Story 3” when “The Incredibles” (my second favorite Pixar movie next to “Ratatouille”) was just screaming for an expansion-sequel of its premise. I guess Pixar wanted to add more ‘zest’ on “Cars’” fanciful … more
'Cars 2 is the new 3D wonder from director John Lasseter. John and his crew at Pixar have once again proven why they are the best at what they do. To really enjoy this film, you have to put aside any ideas that cars can't talk, can't have friends and girlfriends, can't experience human emotions and can't be killer spies. (Something the other half of Two Jews On Film, John my husband, wasn't able … more
When one thinks about Pixar, the term failure is typically no part of the equation and indeed what the powerhouse pixel-pushing studio might consider a disappointment would have its hordes of imitators doing cartwheels in the streets. Keeping that in mind, Cars 2 could very well be the first Pixar film to put such theories to the test. Generally speaking the first Cars never fully overcame criticisms that individuals outside of car culture (a group that naturally includes the … more
The first Cars film was a surprising delight. The first (and until now only) Pixar film that had no humans to connect with still managed to have quite a bit of its own humanity and satire. It had funny and delightful characters that gave off a family togetherness vibe. Radiator Springs was a place that, once the first film was over, you felt like you wanted to come back to. If there is one film where a sequel is something somewhat questionable, it is definitely Cars. … more
CARS 2 Written by Ben Queen Directed by John Lasseter Voices by Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Emily Mortimer and Michael Caine Luigi: No fight more important than friendship. CARS 2 marks the first time where I could not care less about a Pixar release. I didn’t buy the world made up entirely of cars in the first instalment and thought the idea of a race-car learning to slow down in life … more
U - 112mins - Animation/Adventure/Comedy - 22nd July 2011 Cars 2 picks up several years after the first with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) ruling the Piston Cup. This leads him to be invited to the first World Grand Prix where he can pit himself against the best of the rest and in particular Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) the cocky Italian stallion F1 car. McQueen's crew led by Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) gather together and set out on the trip of a lifetime to Japan, Italy and … more
For the last five years, Pixar has been on quite a roll, churning out one reliably solid animated film every summer. The last four have won Oscars for Best Animated Feature, and the last three (WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3) are, in my mind, stone cold classics. This winning streak and reputation for quality are what make Pixar’s latest, “Cars 2,” not just disappointing, but puzzling. The hero of the first “Cars” film, a race car voiced by Owen … more
Star Rating: It seems inconceivable, but for the first time, the Disney/Pixar team has made a movie that misses the mark. I never thought I’d be writing these words. For sixteen years now, they’ve produced nothing but quality entertainment, and that’s not the kind of track record you come across every day. The Toy Story films were bright, imaginative, and fun. A Bug’s Life was cute and colorful. The Incredibles was energetic and engaging. … more
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Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally (Bonnie Hunt), and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs return to the screen in this sequel to Pixar'sCars(2006). But instead of evoking a nostalgic vision of Route 66 through the American Southwest, director John Lasseter and his artists spoof James Bond films in a fast-paced adventure that mixes espionage and road racing. After a successful season on the track, Lightning is looking forward to some rest at home, but Mater gets him involved in an elaborate three-part international race sponsored by Sir Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) to promote his new synthetic auto fuel. While serving on Lightning's pit crew, Mater inadvertently gets mixed up with two British secret agent cars, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), who are investigating a plot to sabotage the race. Myriad complications ensue before Lightning and Mater get back to the (relative) peace of Radiator Springs. The Pixar artists clearly had a lot of fun spoofing locations in Tokyo, London, Paris, and the Italian Riviera, and creating auto versions of sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, Queen Elizabeth II, and a doting Italian mother. The use of 3-D adds adrenaline to the racing sequences.Cars 2lacks the emotional impact ofToy Story 2,Up, and most of the other Pixar features, but that will do little to lessen its appeal to its target audience, boys who love cars, driving games, and car toys.Cars 2is ...