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Cars 2
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:12
Cars 2High speed chases, fiery explosions and fast, curvy women who can handle fast curvy roads… No I’m not talking about another Fast and the Furious sequel. But the cars in Cars 2 see just as much action.

As a sequel to my least favorite film in the Pixar lineup, the question isn’t so much “Does it stack up?” as “Does it entertain?” In short, I wasn’t looking for another Toy Story or Up! when I sat down to watch Cars 2, and I got pretty much what I was expecting.

Fin McMissileEvery kid’s favorite racecar Lightning McQueen is now a world-famous racer, but he still makes as much time as possible for his old pals back home in Radiator Springs. But that doesn’t stop his best friend Tow Mater the tow truck from feeling a little left out. So when McQueen accepts a challenge to race against Francesco Bernoulli (his biggest rival), he invites the buck-toothed truck along to the big race in Japan.

Mater was one of the most memorable characters from the first Cars films, and he basically gets to carry this one on his own. His thick accent and unkempt rustiness sure make him a fish out of water while hobnobbing with the shiny new European cars, especially when he is mistaken for an undercover secret agent with a very convincing disguise!

McQueen and MaterCars 2 boasts incredible animation – the attention to detail is incredible, especially during the panoramic views of cityscapes and scenery. It’s hard to believe how far Pixar has pushed the technology, advancing leaps and bounds with every film they release. In that respect, Cars 2 is a major success.

Secret agents Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell lend a James Bond feel to the story. There’s lots of action, along with the more intellectual subtext about the domination of the oil industry. Filmmakers have really made a strong statement here about the suppression of eco-friendly technology in the automotive industry.

Where it fails is on an emotional front. Maybe it’s because they are made of metal, but I just don’t feel much attachment to these characters. I can understand the draw for kids though. What little kid doesn’t love cars?

INFOKENALS:

Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis, Starring the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine.

Finn McMissile is an Aston Martin DB5, James Bond’s trademark vehicle.