I have always been a large kid at heart, so I was just as excited as any young boy or girl for the June 24th release of “Cars 2,” the much anticipated sequel to Pixar’s original smash hit “Cars.” So as a young-at-heart-duo, my mother and I traveled to the movie theater opening night to fulfill our animation needs.
“Cars 2” focuses less on Lighting McQueen (voiced by actor Owen Wilson) and instead turns the proverbial spotlight towards Mater, the loveable tow truck (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy.) What starts out as an innocent trip overseas for McQueen to compete in the World Grand Prix race, quickly turns into an action packed espionage adventure for Mater who teams up with Finn McMissle (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) to try and save the day.
The familiar faces of Radiator Springs are all present to welcome moviegoers back into their world filled with tire shops and gas stations, but there are also plenty of new faces like Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro), an Italian race car, and Sir Miles Axelrod (Eddie Izzard), the creator of the World Grand Prix.
“Cars 2” produces both funny and serious moments during its run time of a little under two hours, and for any child the film will keep them both entertained and happy. Adults may find the film dull and lacking action in some moments, but by no means does this mean the film is not worth its ticket price. The good definitely makes up for the bad in Pixar’s latest creation.
Overall, I would give “Cars 2” a solid B.