Centring on the last film's comic relief, Mater (irritatingly voiced by American comedian Larry The Cable Guy), this one opens in full-on James Bond mode with Michael Caine voicing a slick, vintage Secret Agent car named Finn McMissile. Finn is on a dangerous mission, and Mater somehow gets caught up in the middle of it just as his best bud Lightning McQueen (a returning Owen Wilson) is competing in a globetrotting race against a cocky Italian Formula 1 car.
The main problem a lot of critics had with the first film was that cars just don't really lend themselves well to animated characters. They're not cuddly animals, or quirky looking humans and you can't help but wonder why there's a passenger seat. That said, Pixar generally has strong enough writers to endear you to anything - even Monsters. While this has some of the same problems as the initial outing, the focus here has shifted completely in the wrong direction to a character that surely won't travel well. Mater isn't that funny, and when he's fluked his way out of the fifteenth 'life threatening situation' you may begin to lose patience.
When it does work it does so during sequences; the animation is predictably impressive and the race sequences genuinely ferocious. Conversely that's a problem, because it feels like the main reason the film exists is for those cool scenes to happen, and it's this kind of attitude that doesn't seem very Pixar at all.
It was bound to happen sooner or later; Pixar have finally made a bad film. Given their previous brilliance let's assume they'll learn from it and move on.
Story by Mike Sheridan | 09:00 | Tuesday 22nd November 2011 | DVD review
I found this movie very good, it was funny and the cars were cute. It was not as enjoyable as the 1st one. Good family entertainment.Posted 21:58 | Sun 27th Nov 2011
Since the reviewer didn't like Cars, I'm not sure why he/she/it bothered to review Cars 2. As a fan of Pixar movies and a car enthusiast, I enjoyed both Cars movies. Pay no attention to the reviewer, this is a good family movie, and another winner from Pixar.Posted 20:26 | Thu 20th Dec 2012
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