Cars 2 **

Running time: 112 mins  Certificate: U

Synopsis: Lightning McQueen (Wilson) and his tow truck buddy Mater (The Cable Guy) travel to Japan to compete in the World Grand Prix. But Mater is mistaken by British spies Finn McMissile (Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Mortimer) as an American agent and helps them with their latest mission.


Many Pixar fans regard the original 2006 film to be the weakest in the company’s impressive collection of animated features. Can a sequel improve on the previous story ?

 

Unfortunately directors John Lasseter and Brad Lewis have created Pixar’s first cartoon bomb. The central problem is the story and in particular the overuse of annoying redneck character Mater, who was really irritating in the first film and even more so here.

 

The writers really do not know what the film is supposed to be is it a spy story or like the original is it a racing movie. By fusing the two together the overall concept simply does not work. This must be the first time that Pixar have come up with a really bad story.

 

Then there are the new voices from Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer and Eddie Izzard who seem rather flat and lifeless, almost like they are just doing an interview on a talk radio show. There is just no enthusiasm or expression in the tone of their sppech. Only John Turtturo makes an impression as a arrogant Italian race car.

 

The animation as anyone would expect from Pixar is pretty spectacular and probably their best to date. It is just unfortunate that they chose to revisit a animated movie that was not great in the first place. Hopefully with the upcoming Brave they can show that the visuals and the storytelling are a return to form.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan 

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