Cars 2 2011

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(222) IMDb 6.4/10
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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€TMs fastest car.

Owen Wilson, Franco Nero
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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This takes a very different, yet refreshing turn, in the ‘Cars’ template. Instead of the steady pace of character development and bookended by two impressive races as the original did, we now are thrust into the World Grand Prix, with a film peppered with brilliantly staged races and fused with high-octant James Bond-esque action sequences. It’s the Pixar version of the classic 007 series almost.
One of the highlights for me is the action sequences, innovatively created to bounce of McMissile’s Aston Martin spy car that launches zip-wires, mines, machine guns, magnetic wheels and oil slicks.

When he clashes with the “lemon” cars in a variety of situations and locations, it’s a heap of fun as the bombastic spy music kicks in, bullets fly, explosions rage and witty banter flies. Maybe this isn’t everyone cup of tea for a Pixar film, but it’s something never seen before and adds an exciting twist to the story. Michael Caine is sheer perfection as his Harry Palmer-style spy, brimming with passion and charm for his character alongside the others.

But still we are in familiar likeable territory with the old faces of Mater and McQueen, still their usual comedic self and torn apart for them to explore other relationship and plotlines, which isn’t a bad thing as nothing seems to go stale. The fresh-faces of the new racers and villains make it entertaining and fun, with lots of funny dialogue and sequences that make the best of the innocent charm to the jokes for old and young viewers.

The only negative is the complex story. For younger viewers it may be a bit TOO advanced and at times I was confused as to who is doing what and why, and why they did that, but to whom.
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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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