Cars 2 2011

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Star race car Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater 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.

Starring:
Owen Wilson,Franco Nero
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

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Cars 2

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated
Director Brad Lewis, John Lasseter
Starring Owen Wilson, Franco Nero
Supporting actors Cheech Marin, Michael Caine
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 22 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray
As a nation the Brits love a winner. We love them because it's all the more enjoyable when they fall flat on their face! "Ha, Ha, Ha, you once achieved something that I am incapable of doing, but now you appear mortal like me. Loser." Pixar can only be described as a bunch of winners; there films are commercial and critical gold. Then along came `Cars 2'. From the press reaction you would think this was the worst film since J Lo and Affleck decided to get together on celluloid. Is `Cars 2' really that bad, or is it more a case that we expect more than plain average form Pixar?

Speed McQueen, Mater and the rest of Radiator Springs are back, but rather than staying in the dustbowls of America, `Cars 2' opens itself up to the world when Speed is asked to partake in an international Grand Prix. Mater comes along as part of his crew and in a case of mistaken identity he becomes the Car that Knew Too Much. With its bright colours and improbable setting `Cars 2' is perhaps the most child centric Pixar film to date. It has less appeal to an adult than even `A Bug's Life' or `Finding Nemo'. However, if you can put this to one side and try and watch it with the imagination of the young, there is a lot of fun to be had.

Pixar had a great time making fun of the Deep South in `Cars', this time it is the turn of countries like Japan, Britain and Italy. No stereotype is left unturned and for every visual joke that works, there is another that is borderline xenophobic. Do we really want our children to live their lives through a series of stereotypes? Despite the clichés being laid on thick, the jokes on different cultures are by far the best thing about the film. The spy storyline is certainly not. It is merely an excuse to move the characters around.
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This is the first Pixar movie ever that I did not totally adore - it was OK, but no more. Below you will find the reasons why - in my personal opinion - "Cars 2" is much weaker than the original.

1. The story, part 1 - producers wanted a car/spy movie referring to James Bond franchise and they got it, but the price for it is a plot both complicated and - for the first time in Pixar's movies - simply stupid! Also, I am certain that smaller children who never watched any James Bond movies (or any spy movies for that matter) will not get the story and get confused. Which is more, all the shooting, crashing, exploding and bombing are in my modest opinion out of place in a kid's movie. And to complete the picture, there is even a quite scary scene of TORTURE and MURDER of a spy car by the bad guys!

2. The story, part 2 - I personally found that some elements of plot are quasi racist! The bad guys (or rather the bad cars) are all the obsolescent marks from countries of former East block (Zigoulis, Zastavas, Yugos, Trabants, etc.), who are ugly, cheap, frequently disfunctionning, leaking oil, etc. They are in fact the lowest proletariat in "Cars" world. Frankly it could be a good idea to make the movie about renovation of those old and rather pathetic cars (like converting them to more ecologic fuels) which could give them some kind of a future and a place in society - but instead they are presented as murderous villains! Now that is a great idea to show your little kids - if somebody is poor and down on his luck, speaks with foreign accent, looks foreign, wear used clothes and obviously suffers, he/she is obviously dangerous and must be destroyed by classy people!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Everdark VINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
It's credit to Pixar that Cars 2 is considered a bad film. Had any other studio made this (and the first Cars, for that matter), they would have been recevied a lot better, I think. But, by Pixar standards, this is one of their weakest, for sure.

But that doesn't mean it's a bad film overall. Don't be put off by the negativity you may read: this is a GOOD film. Not great, and certainly not one of their best, but still enjoyable and satisfying.

Trouble is, Cars 2 is the polar opposite of the first one, which isn't exactly a good thing. There was plenty to like about the first Cars: relaxed pace, heartwarming story, meaningful characters...still, Lasseter seems to have taken the poor reception to the first film to heart, and swung right in the other direction with Cars 2. What we end up with is fast, slick and action-packed, but lacks a soul.

It starts well, and the globetrotting theme seemed like a great idea - the Tokyo segment is excellent. But it quickly gets tedious, and just as you settle in one place, off we go to the next destination. Do we get exciting, dazzling locations? Yes. But it feels like they chose the places they wanted to take Lightning and friends first, then decided how they were going to fit the story around it after. So it feels very stretched.

The plot itself is very complicated. I wouldn't worry about little kids being confused, as there's plenty of dazzle and vroom-vrooms to keep them entertained, but don't be surpried if you have to stop and answer a few questions for them - and answer some of your own too.
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