Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car.
If you only take one thing away from this review, let it be this: Cars 2 is an excellent film. Some people have not enjoyed Cars 2; some have called it the Pixar film that spoiled their 100% record and it has some average scores on movie websites. I completely disagree with this and I want to try and convince you to feel how I feel about it.
Plot: Cars 2 is very different from the original Cars, very much unlike the original it is a spy film. It is not a spoof of a spy film; it is a proper spy film (the opening scene for example is magnificent). But in addition to this, it has heart too. This combination sounds weird but it is pulled off well. Lightning McQueen enters the World Grand Prix bringing his best buddy Mater along with his crew. But Mater doesn't fit in well, embarrassing Lightning in front of the other racing cars, causing friction between them. It is while in Tokyo (their first stop) that Mater is mistaken for an American Spy (sounds crazy but again - they do it well). The World Grand Prix is being sabotaged and it's down to Mater and spies Finn McMissile and Holly Shiftwell to find out what's going and to stop it.
Visuals: This film is visually stunning, it is incredible. The scenery is fantastic, the detail is amazing and the cities visited look so fantastically real. Tokyo, Paris, Rome and London look outstanding. You can view this film in a different way each time due to the awesome visuals, if re-watching, just look at the backgrounds and everything around the main focal point, this film is worth watching for those touches alone. The fact they put in effort where many wouldn't for me means this film deserves to be watched.
Soundtrack: This film has a great spy soundtrack by Michael Giacchino. The music really sets the mood and keeps everything flowing along nicely. I also really like the song played in the credits (Collision of Worlds) too.
Characters and Cast: Unfortunately numerous cast members from the original film died between films. George Carlin, Joe Ranft and Paul Newman's characters were replaced (not a large character and a nice replacement), given no dialogue (had hardly any in the first anyway, so again, better than it sounds) or touchingly acknowledged respectively. Aside from this, the original cast all return and are on top-form, with many new characters introduced. Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holly Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) are well cast, great new characters in particular. There is a long list of voice talent in this film, everyone fits their role well and does a good job. Larry the Cable Guy as Mater in particular (who takes the lead role in the film) does a terrific job and makes the best character from the first film even better.
Extras: This film is seriously clever, it's all the little things, things you may not even notice on a first viewing that help make this film great. They do such a great job of transforming things from the real world to the car world (see the airport scene in Japan as an example). The gadgets and action are incredible, the way they merge James Bond, his gadgets and his Car into one is brilliant. This film learned from James Bond and I actually think James Bond could also learn from it in return.
Conclusion: I'm not trying to say Cars 2 is one of the best films ever; I'm not trying to say it's as wonderful as Toy Story 3 or Up. But what I am trying to say is that just because it is not a Toy Story film and just because it goes in a different direction from previous Pixar films does not mean it's a bad film and does not mean one needs to be bitter about it. It is a good film, which is highly enjoyable for anyone of any age. Open up your mind, let your inhibitions go, pay close attention to not just the main details but the little ones and trust me, you will definitely enjoy this film. It is spectacular.
a rare treat for the kids and adults alike. the film doesn't disappoint and was equal, if not better than the original, which was a high goal to achieve.
A must for pixar fans of all ages
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John Lasseter directs this Pixar animated comedy adventure sequel. When slow-witted tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) travels to Tokyo with his superstar friend Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) for the international Grand Prix, sleek Aston Martin Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and his sidekick Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) become convinced that Mater is, despite his unassuming appearance, nothing less than a brilliant international spy.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. From the creators of Cars, Up and Toy Story 3 comes a new Pixar classic for the entire family. Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage! Experience all the fast-paced fun with an “all-car” cast – plus enjoy the hilarious, never-before-seen short film “Air Mater.” It’s pedal-to-the-metal excitement from start to finish! Actors: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard Directors: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis Language: English Subtitles: English Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English Audio Description: English Number of discs: 1