Movie Review: CARS 2

Wow. I walked into a theater with my 3D glasses and somehow came out in the center of a political debate. Would someone please like to explain to me how Cars 2 became such a hot button topic? Must I remind you that this film features a race car saying “Cha-chow” and a tow-truck voiced by Larry the Cable Guy? I mean, we are not exactly discussing Fahrenheit 9/11 here.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and Google “Cars 2 versus Big Oil.” Now, just for fun, scroll down and read the comments after some of these articles. People are honestly livid. They’re seriously, pissed. For example, I’ve stumbled across people attempting to compare Cars 2 to the anti-semitic propaganda posters in Germany during the times where Nazis were murdering Jews by the truckload. *Nods* Somehow, playing on that fact that monopoly business practice that is harmful to the planet is the same as attempting to brainwash people into wiping out an entire race of people.

I mean, I guess they both involve gas right? That’s the only common ground that I can find.

Seriously America, wake up and see Cars 2 for what it is: a (pretty brilliant) kids movie.  Combining Mission Impossible stunts with James Bond gadgets and Oceans Eleven trickery, Cars 2 might be Pixar’s most complete film. Expanding from the after school special, coming of age, growth film that the original was, the sequel reaches action film atmospheres,  introducing new, livelier characters and restructuring the roles of the returning cast. Lured into a cross-continental race, the always charming Lightning McQueen and bumbling sidekick Mater trade Radiator Springs for worldwide travel and Forumla 1 racing. Exploring the globe’s most cultured cities, the crew cruise through the courses. Mater’s lack of culture leaves McQueen red in the face on a global level. However, confusion and dumb luck turn Mater into a secret agent, sending him to the heart of the exploding car controversies that put alternative fuels in a bad light.

However, while the bigger picture plot of the film is remarkable and vibrant, the movie’s attention to detail can not be overlooked. It is the smaller, throw-away gags that make this picture wonderful. From the tiny planes in place of park pigeons in Paris to the coy, name switches like Big Bentley (for Big Ben), Cars 2 is as well thought out of a movie as Pixar has ever released.

Lastly, be sure to make it to the film in time to catch the wonderful short Pixar has put together involving Toy Story. Aptly named “Hawaiian Vacation”, Woody, Buzz and company plan a fake paradise getaway for Ken and Barbie upon discovering that they have never kissed. There are some very amusing bits involving making a sandy beach from the house hold litter box and using the film JAWS to freak the dolls out on their scuba date. The short alone is worth your price of admission, with Cars 2 being just as wonderful.

Regardless of all the media hype, Cars 2 is a wonderful evening out for your kids.

I give CARS 2 4 “Oil Cans” out of 5

by Joshua Hammond


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