Full of action. Full of clichés. Cars 2 is an international adventure that is not meant for younger children. The cars visit England, France, Japan, Italy, and Germany!
A British spycar Finn (Michael Caine) begins sneaking into a suspicious oil flatform and finds an evil scientist professor Zundapp (Thomas Kretschmann) who is planning something but, he escapes in time before he can learn more details.
The race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) returns to Radiator Springs. He rejoins his friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) to watch an announcement of the first World Grand prix, sponsored by Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard). Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) says he is faster than Lightning McQueen.
McQueen’s girlfriend Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) gives Mater the idea to travel to Tokyo, Japan for the first leg of the Grand Prix. Mater realizes that he ruined his race which he was trying to win. McQueen receives a message that he should be killed. In the meantime, Mater is known as the spy. This is more Mater’s movie than McQueen’s.
Finn gets in contact with a fellow spy Holley (Emily Mortimer), who contacts an American spy (Bruce Campbell) who has the information about Zundapp's identity.
Francesco Bernoulli and Lightning McQueen go through a series of races to see which car is faster. These races made the film predictable and clichéd.
Pixar is the animation studio of Cars 2. The animation will catch the viewer’s attention more than the secondary story. It is what the audience would expect when watching a Pixar film. This film is proof of their stamina, as they have been animating films for twenty-five years.
The Toy Story short at the beginning is admirable for celebrating Pixar’s big year of doing animation. The short does not relate to Cars 2. Yes, it keeps Toy Story and Pixar alive.
The voice acting is an effort that is strong. The disappointment with the acting of the characters is in the repetition of things that we already know from the first act.
The story is nostalgic. Almost everything is either familiar to the audience or another cliché. It’s predictability may not please the fans.
In conclusion, the film offers important messages for the children. Competition isn’t everything. It’s friendship that counts. Turturro and Wilson prove that with their performance. These annotations are seen everywhere in children’s films. It was said in Toy Story 3, in a way that did not seem so common. In Cars 2 it is presented in a simplistic way.
What was the Motion Picture Association of America thinking when their team gave the film a G for General Audiences? This film should be PG for some of the action sequences.
If a sequel is on its way, it needs improvement as compared to this film which has quite a few miles to go. Pixar’s spectacular animation should be only a component of a successful film. C-