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Cars 2


Jeff Nelson

Cars 2 is an average film that definitely needs work and is Pixar's weakest film, although it's worth getting your own opinion on.

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Pixar is surely the biggest name in the industry. The brand has been known for quality and not quantity. When looking at the time line of the films, Pixar has a small catalog of movies. However, each one has been extraordinary and just as fantastic for adults as they are for children. With the Toy Story trilogy being completed, Pixar needed to either come up with an original concept or create sequels for their other movies. The first Cars was released in 2006 and was highly successful. A line of merchandise was created off of the film which created unbelievable success on its own. In the end, everything comes down to money. With this in mind, Pixar decided to give Cars 2 the green light. Will Pixar continue their streak of excellence or will this be their first dud?

Race car Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater travel overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. The road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an adventure of his own as a secret agent. The main character in the first Cars was Lightning McQueen, but this is clearly a Mater outing despite him being only in the background on the poster. Pixar films are notorious for being equally humorous to adults as to children, but this is a little less true about Cars 2. While there are moments that are funny, most of the film is directed primarily just to children. There aren't any twists and turns that aren't predictable, but that doesn't mean it isn't a fun ride. The plot is similar to a James Bond escapade. There are quite a few bright moments to be found, but the charm seen in the other Pixar movies isn't fully here.

Those who did voice over work for the original Cars have returned for the sequel. Larry the Cable Guy is Mater, Owen Wilson is Lightning McQueen, and Michael Caine voices Finn McMissile. The voice work is all top notch, as expected. All of the voice actors were chosen well for the characters. There aren't any complaints to be expressed about the cast. Pixar can always be counted on for fantastic voice actors performing their best.

Animation is constantly changing over time. With each film being released by Pixar, I can't help but ask myself how it's possible for the animation to get any better. Well, Pixar impresses once again with Cars 2. The detail is absolutely astounding. Audiences are even able to see reflections off of the surfaces of the cars that will leave viewers in awe. I saw the 3D IMAX presentation of the film. The movie was being designed for 3D from start to finish, so expect the very best. Some filmmakers still don't quite comprehend that good 3D isn't just objects flying at the audience. It's all about depth, creating layers, and creating a completely different atmosphere to immerse the viewers. The depth missing from the screenplay and plot surely appeared in the tremendous 3D. I'm not a fan of 3D, but this is an example of how to use the technology properly. The sound mixing is just as impressive as the visuals. Pixar continues to never let us down with its visuals and audio.

I was shocked to see the large amount of negative comments spoken towards Cars 2. While it's the weakest Pixar film to date, it's better than quite a few of the animated features I see outside of this studio. I didn't love this movie, but I don't hate it. It's fun and a great feature to take the family to. Cars 2 is an average film that definitely needs work and is Pixar's weakest film, although it's worth getting your own opinion on.

My Rating = Three Stars

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