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Cars 2 (DVD)
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Cars 2 (DVD)
Date: 22/01/12, updated on 22/01/12 (36 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of new characters, Fantastic Pixar animation, Action Packed, Mater is hilarious!
Disadvantages: Difficult to follow plot for younger viewers (and some adults!)
Cars 2 is the sequel to the highly popular original Cars film, and features all of your favorite characters from Raditor Springs, as well as several new ones!
The film begins as Lightning McQueen is heading back to Radiator Springs after securing his 3rd Piston Cup win, ready to spend some time with his girlfriend Sally Carrera and best friend Mater the Towtruck (Larry the cable guy). Whilst enjoying a meal out with Sally, Lightning and the gang hear about a new World Grand Prix chamionship that is being promoted on TV by Sir Axlerod (Eddie Izzard), a range rover character that has invented a new bio-fuel called Allinol which would be used in all of the races.
Axlerod has managed to sign up top Formula One car, Francesco Bernoulli, who is being interviewed on TV saying how he'd love to race against Lightning to prove who was the fastest car in the world, but no-one was able to contact McQueen.....meanwhile, Mater has called into the same talkshow to defend Lightning, saying he IS the fastest race car and basically embarrassing him as he usually does! Lightning takes over the call and agrees to appear in the series of 3 races to be held in Tokyo, Porto Corsa (Italy) and London.
The film then sees Lightning, Mater and the rest of his pit crew (Luigi, Guido, Fillmore and Sarge) travel to Japan to take part in the first race. Somehow, Mater gets mixed up in a seperate storyline of his own when he meets British Spies Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holly Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) who are trying to stop the evil Professor Zundapp and his mysterious boss....as they plan to use a powerful weapon disguised as a TV camera to activate an explosion in the Allinol fuel to take cars out of the race.
The 2 stories are obviously linked and as the McQueen loses the first race, he blames Mater for giving him wrong information though the headset, when really Mater had had a device planted on him by the British spies that enabled them to speak to him too. When speaking to the spies 'voices in his head', Lightning thought he was giving him instructions that made him lose so he told Mater he'd be better off without him.
The racers then head to Italy where Lightning wins without Maters disruption, but cars are still being blown up by the bad guys TV camera. Sir Axlerod comes out to issue a statement to the press saying the final race will take place in London, but none of the cars will be forced to use Allinol as the fuel cannot be confirmed as safe.
Race day comes in London, and all manner of bonkers stuff is happening with Mater and the spies behind the scenes, I'm not going to spoil it for you at this point....but there are bombs, rocket powered engines, being tied up in Big 'Ben'tley clock tower, the queen and madcap car chases!
Despite Mater being sent home by McQueen in Japan, he inevitably saves the day in the end and he finally manages to tell McMissile and Shiftwell that he isn't really a spy and they planted the device on the wrong car! They now believe him, but invite him on further missions after his performance as a spy, which he politely turns down as he wants to spend time with his best friend, Lightning McQueen.
The film has a lot of action, and is obviously moulded on a James Bond style theme. I've seen it about 6 times so far and I'm still picking up on details that I missed on previous watches, and for this reason it's probably not as good as original Cars for younger viewers as it is quite hard for an adult to follow the plot fully! My 2 year old does however know all the characters names from the new film and it features a cameo from Lewis Hamilton as a Black sports car with his trademark gap between his front teeth, nice touch!.
The voice acting matches the animation very well and as usual from a Pixar film, the animation itself is top class. Attention to detail is amazing, which is why I'm still noticing little touches here and there after 6 viewings! Some characters from the first film, although in Cars 2, are very much peripheral figures with no real role to play in how the film pans out. The new main characters; Professor Zundapp, Sir Axlerod, Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell all have very different personalities and portray the corresponding 'Bond' characters to a cartoony tee! Kids obviously won't get the Bond connection, but my little one enjoys it for what it is.
It's definitely not as simple to follow as the first incarnation and you get the feeling that the main character in this one is Mater rather than Lightning McQueen. It does however provide entertainment for the whole family and is a great film in its own right.
Summary: Recommended film, quite different from the original