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28 January 2012

Cars 2 (2011)

Directed by: John Lasseter
Written by: Ben Queen, John Lasseter
Starring: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Larry the Cable Guy
Genre: Animation, Action & Adventure, Family
Colour, 106 Minutes


Well, I cannot say I was disappointed. I expected this one to be fairly bad, but in all honesty, there are worse animated sequels (and sequels in general). Pixar have had an unblemished run of success and I cannot be angry that they have made a bad film at this point. Cars 2 is the eleventh Pixar film, and is commercially successful, but not critically. It is filled with mediocre (but inventive) action that kids will love while the adults roll their eyes at the Michael Caine voice appearance and predictable plot.



So, we return to the world were Cars come to life (not weird at all) with Lightening McQueen (Owen Wilson), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and a few others. This time, McQueen takes part in a world grand prix and Mater ends up becoming a spy without even knowing it. The film follows McQueen and his racing, and Mater with his unawareness and pure idiocy.


The weak point of the film is that the story is completely stupid. To begin with, it splits itself horribly with McQueen having a different story and Mater having a different story. There is just something sloppy about them as they are not very interesting, and are utterly predictable: not to mention not being very original either.

Although, I must admit Pixar hit a bit of creativity here. The film offers a lot for children with all the ‘cool’ fancy gadgets and weapons these spy cars have equipped. I also enjoyed the use of different locations that looked quite nice. However, the film just seems to doddle along following the escapades of Mater and Lightning McQueen. From Japan to Britain, there is nothing very special going on.

One thing I didn’t appreciate was the Michael Caine placement. Is it just me or is he widely overrated? Is it hi national identity? Is it his voice? He is a reasonably good actor, but he is used almost as a label sometimes. I loved him in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and that, but he is quite typecast now. Well, besides that he did an okay job with voice acting, as did Emily Mortimer. A well-balanced voice cast and even John Ratzenberger (who has voice acted in every single Pixar film) pops up as Mack.

There are two possibilities to why this film was made. 1) To get some money in the pocket, knowing it would be commercially successful or 2) John Lasseter wanted to revisit the series. Well as Lasseter has claimed, we wished to make another Cars film by seeing how popular it was overseas, as he said he saw merchandise in Japan I believe. Of course, the more popular opinion would be greed. In my opinion, I believe that Lasseter, a creative genius whom I respect greatly, simply wanted to make another film. It just didn’t turn out very well.

I must say I really am not a big fan of the original Cars film or the entire idiotic world it has. Bugs and toys are one thing when it comes to talking and having human characteristics, but with cars, it lacks emotion and character depth and it just seems downright dumb. Quite deep to expect, but Pixar have pulled off great emotion in films like Up and Wall-E. I believe Cars is their weakest point, and to date, this sequel is their worst yet. Nevertheless, there are worse sequels out there and for little kids the film serves up some great action and colourful cars all around, as well as some humorous moments. However, parents may suffer a little with the mediocre plot and jokes.  


My Rating: 5/10


Extra Information
Distributed by: Pixar
Age Certificate: U
Budget: $200, 000, 000 (Estimate)
At IMDB
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5 comments:

  1. Great review. I agree. I didn't like it, but then again I didn't like the first one either so there was very little chance I was going to like this. I just don't like the concept of a world run by cars. It seemed a bit juvenile for me, and neither film really lived up to Pixar's pantheon of great films like Toy Story and Wall-E. I really hope they don't make another sequel.

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  2. Toy Story and Wall-E are my 2 favourites actually! Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

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  3. I think the first movie might not even have been made were Lasseter not a massive car guy. The sequel definitely was Lasseter just indulging himself. I'd have picked most of the other Pixar films for a sequel, especially The Incredibles, before I would have picked Cars.

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  4. The first was an average offering from Pixar, I can only imagine how i'd feel about this one. Good review

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  5. and Cars has been popular years after the first films release due to merchandising, so I do think this film was made just to rake in the money. Should've made an Incredibles sequel instead

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