Cars 2 leads the way with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) as the stars and introduces us with two spies from British Intelligence, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). Quite the snazzy names especially when the female has a James Bond like name and McMissile is modeled after the Aston Martin DB5 which Bond drove. The voice cast from the original Cars film returns although the roles are quite a bit smaller than before.
The film starts with spying on an oil rig as McMissile struggles to escape with not only the secret information, but with his life. While the international spying continues, a deep plot thickens unknown to McQueen and Mater. The evil Professor Z leads the group of “lemons” to sabotage Sir Miles Axlerod and the race cars invited to the World Grand Prix.
Arriving home to Radiator Springs after winning his fourth Piston Cup, Mater and McQueen soon become enthralled with silly antics and tractor tipping to spend time together. Though when a news program showcasing Sir Axel Rod’s rise to lead the world to organic fuel and the World Grand Prix, the race he sponsors, Mater gets McQueen to commit to competing.
From Japan, Italy, and England, the duo move from each place as Lightning races and Mater helps McMissile and Shiftwell. Mater becomes involved when the British spies think he is the American counterpart, though tangled into the mess, he helps stop Professor Z and his army of Pacers, Gremlins, and other lemon cars, but also find out the car who is truly behind the chaos. In the end Mater is forced to take the risks to try to protect McQueen from becoming a hunk of scrap metal and to outsmart the super villain.
Cars 2 isn’t Pixar’s finest work, click here to see how the other movies rank. This movie falls just shy of capturing what the original had pieced together so well, not to understand the movie in any means. There is a little less Lightning McQueen than the original and more Mater, whether that is a good thing or not you can be the ultimate deciding factor, though it should’ve been equal if not more McQueen.
The movie has great pacing, intense action that will enthrall not only kids, but adults into this snazzy, child-like spy thriller. Again a strong moral is portrayed that helps teaches lessons and keeps a great spirit to the movie. Swift race sequences laced with shoot-em-up spy versus villain action makes this one of the entertaining movies of the summer and of Pixar in general. Not a dull moment in this movie will help keep those young kids locked tight into their seats shoveling candy and popcorn into their mouths.
Is Cars 2 worth the buck? Absolutely is, but don’t expect a Toy Story like Pixar film, but expect the typical warm-hearted feel of the Cars world. This is a great family film and receives 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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