Oklahoma City movie goers can find Cars 2 playing in 2D and 3D across the metro area. I advise seeing it in 2D so that you can truly enjoy the beautiful colors of the film and its worldwide settings.
Approx. Run Time: 113 Minutes
Starring: Larry the Cable Guy, Eddie Izzard, Michael Caine, Owen Wilson
Generally, Pixar is a studio that you can always count on. They consistently release good films that connect with both adults and children. Name one bad Pixar movie, I dare you. Sure, they aren’t all equally great, but there aren’t any that are out-and-out bad either.
That is the best way to introduce Cars 2. It isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t up to par with their other works. There were a lot of things that worked in the sequel, but on the whole, it felt lacking. It doesn’t carry the same sentimental, emotional, or nostalgic vibes as the last several films Pixar has put out, nor does it have the same charm as the first Cars.
Cars 2 is a very well-directed film. John Lasseter (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Cars) is wonderful at putting together an animated story, while keeping his ducks in a row. The movie has a smooth pace, which helps with the two hour run time.
This film is at its best when it is in full action mode. The animation is beautiful, and there are moments when the direction of the scenes and the shots cause the film to have a live action film. Something Pixar is very good at: transcending normal animation. The colors are bright and vivid, giving Rio a run for its money. The settings are fun, and a nice change of pace from the usual stationary location of other Pixar films. There are even some well-written comedy bits that had me laughing out loud.
I also like the fact that this was a spy movie. It was an interesting direction to go, and an interesting situation to put our hero in. Plus it introduced two new characters, one voiced by none other than Michael Caine.
However, with all that being said, I just feel the movie lacked that big, magical, emotional-roller coaster, feel. I don’t know if there was just too much Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), or if it seemed that Owen Wilson was going through the motions with his Lightning McQueen character, but it just didn’t click to me.
That brings me to the conclusion I’ve drawn: Cars may be the one franchise that Pixar wants to continue to aim at younger audiences. The story, while a fun change, just wasn’t as deep as Pixar has been going recently. It’s a simple story, predictable to older audiences, that pushes the most popular character from the previous film into the spotlight.
This movie will be “love it” or “hate it” for a lot of fans. Those who go in with high expectations of a film the caliber of Toy Story 3 or Up, will be sorely disappointed. I do believe that people who thoroughly enjoyed the first film, and really love it, will like this movie. I believe kids will love this movie. And if you have a family, definitely take them to see Cars 2.
Final Decree: It’s really hard for me to rate this movie, it’s not bad by any means. I didn’t really hate it, and it was worth at least one viewing. I will buy it when it hits DVD, because I have all the other Pixar films. But for me, at the end of the day it was a miss. It was a slightly above average film. I got more pure enjoyment out of Rio, and depth and substance from Rango. Simply put, this isn’t Pixar’s year for animation.