Posted November 25, 2011 by Alex Moss Editor in C
 
 

Cars 2


There’s a good reason why Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Wall-E are classed as ‘beloved’ Pixar films. All of them have engaging characters, compelling stories and, most importantly, they have heart.

There’s a good reason
why Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Wall-E are classed as ‘beloved’ Pixar
films. All of them have engaging
characters, compelling stories and, most importantly, they have heart.

This indefinable
trait is what will keep children and adults alike talking about these films for
years to come, why they’ll share them with the next generation and why no one
cares whether or not they’re one of the highest grossing films for Pixar or
not. If only the same could be
said of Cars 2 but whenever this film is written about, the biggest point of
the story seems to be how much money it made which is unfortunately the most
interesting part of the Cars 2 phenomenon.

Rural tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) takes over the
leading role from Lightning McQueen (Owen
Wilson
) as the latter is
entered into an international race and takes Mater along for the ride. After some difficulty fitting in with
the others on the race circuit, Mater winds up being mistaken for a secret
agent by newcomers Holley Shiftwell (Emily
Mortimer
) and Finn McMissile (Michael
Caine
). When the agents
uncover a plot to kill off the racers, including McQueen, Mater must find his
inner spy to save his best friend.

It’s comprised mostly of tired, old movie plots glued
together with scenes of Mater fumbling around, muttering his down-home
colloquialisms; it’s more Johnny English
than James Bond. Much like Pirates of the Caribbean 4, when you make the wacky sidekick the
main character, the story tends to fall apart, especially when Mater, while
good for a laugh, doesn’t have the leading man qualities that McQueen does.

Though amusing in places and having some decent action
scenes, there isn’t too much of value here. The simplistic animation design is adding insult to injury
as the basic concept is so lazy; why could Pixar not come up with something
better than cars that behave like people?
Why do these cars seem to live in a world made by people when there are
none in the film? Adults will have
to go the extra mile in order to suspend their disbelief while children will be
blissfully ignorant, which explains the obscene amount of money Cars 2 has
made.

Despite its two hour running time and lazy concept, young
children enjoy the bright colours and the funny voices and will undoubtedly
find Cars 2 amusing. Parents might
want to grab a pillow before sitting down to watch because falling asleep is
almost inevitable. Stay awake for
the extras though as, aside from the Cars short film, there’s a fun Toy Story short that almost making
buying Cars 2 worth it. Almost.


Alex Moss Editor

 
Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com