Cars 2 Reviewed

The gang is back and this time they are traveling the world and playing spy at the same time. The sequel to the hit Pixar animated film, Cars proves to be good family fun with morals to be learnt at the end. So why else is it worth watch? Read on to find out.

The Plot

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.

But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and the stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer).

The Verdict

Here’s the long and short of it. The sequel to Pixar’s hit movie Cars is somewhat a kid-friendly James Bond meets your regular guy / fish out of water adventure. Lots of high speed chases with stunning visuals and explosions. The races are way better than the original and while some over protective parents may be worried about the “gun violence”, the movie’s overall message of being true to yourself and loyal to your friends is coupled with an overt call for alternative fuel and environmentalism.

The thing about this sequel is that it is very much the Mater show where he has to assist McMissile and Shiftwell so if Larry the Cable Guy isn’t your cup of tea then there is quite a bit you have to bear with. I thought the stand out for this movie was the addition of Michael Caine as Finn McMissle. He’s quite the legend and his voice acting was just perfect for the character. His addition made it possible for all the other characters to come together including Mater joining McQueen on his races so he’s very much the magnet in this movie.

Another stand out was the Formula One car, Francesco Bernoulli (voiced by John Turturro). The ladies love Francesco’s open wheels, youngsters look up to his winning spirit and fellow racers envy his speed. But Francesco’s biggest fan is Francesco himself, as evidenced by his racing number. As the most famous race car in Europe, No.1 Francesco is a favorite to win the World Grand Prix, which also makes him Lightning McQueen’s chief rival. Francesco often refers to himself in the third person.

In international versions of the film, the character Jeff Gorvette (voice by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon) is replaced with race car drivers better known in the specific countries

Mark Winterbottom as Frosty (Australian release)

Fernando Alonso as Fernando Alonso (Spanish release)

Vitaly Petrov as Vitaly Petrov (Russian release)

Jan Nilsson as Flash (Swedish release)

Memo Rojas (Latin American release)

Sebastian Vettel as Sebastian Schnell (German release)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s funny, entertaining, and visually witty. While you’re watching it, look out for the ingenuity of the background detail.

Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

Cars 2 opens in cinemas 25 August

By Connor J. Bale – Movie Maniac

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