Cars 2 (2011)
what a joke
the audience applauded
The plot isn't so bad, but the pace of storytelling is too slow which makes people bored. Certain moments are so obvious and unnecessary for the main plot. I would've fast-forwarded those moments if it was an online streaming. The ending looks like implying a sequel, not sure if this movie will get one
It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
Cars 2 is visually stunning and a very innocent kids feature that's sometimes funny and cute. However for big fans of Pixar and Disney this film is likely to rank at the bottom of many lists due to its dumb story and need to put Mater in the lead. Making me wonder why this wasn't just a direct to video sequel or an episode of Mater's Tall Tales.
Cars 2 is easily the best film from a usually unemotional, unoriginal studio -- Pixar -- that has finally mastered the art of cinema! This the most intelligent, emotional, and riveting movie since Pulp Fiction. The action is unique and exciting, the animation is stunning and pleasing, and the score is better than every other spy movie. Without all of these flawless technical achievements, Cars 2 would still stand out for its fabulous story and deep, complex characters.Many people who lack true taste in cinema would claim that the story is contrived and confusing, but that is only because they lack the mental capacity necessary to comprehend such a deep, complex, and emotional story that requires viewers to understand interesting and unusual, but ultimately rewarding situations. Many people also may object to making Mater the protagonist of this film. If anything, Mater is the greatest character f the entire Cars franchise because he has depth and emotion and feels unpredictable in his development, unlike Lightning McQueen who finds a way to be a spoiled brat in every single movie only to come around by the end. Mater does not come from the privileged racing background that McQueen and others come from. He is modest and compassionate, even if others don't understand him completely. Through Mater and his misadventures, John Lasseter intelligently reveals how understanding and empathy will always solve problems instead of create them. That is proven many times throughout this film when Mater is misunderstood by cars who believe themselves to be more superior than a plain, old tow-truck. Sure, many of the misunderstandings are small moments that are played for great comedy and successful laughs, but others are intelligent and deepen the characters and plot. It isn't until the end when Mater reveals to them who he truly is and the other cars come to understand him that all of the problems are resolved. That is why I believe that Cars 2 has the greatest message of all the Pixar films. Many may say Inside Out has the best message that encourages kids to embrace sadness, but that is only a good message if you enjoy seeing sad children cry and suffer. In the end, Cars 2 is a very rewarding experience, both for kids who only will enjoy this film for its face value entertainment and stunningly-animated action scenes and for the adults looking for a deep, intellectual story or compassion and understanding. Definitely a must-watch for any cinema-lover or person who wants to be nice. A+ 5/5 Stars 100% A Masterpiece.
The talented people at Pixar have brought us many excellent films over the years such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille, Inside Out, and most recently Coco, to name a few. Unfortunately, as I watched Cars 2, I became increasingly dismayed as I began to realize it was the first film from Pixar that I actively disliked. Granted, I did not care much for the original Cars in 2006, but I would not go so far as to say it is a straight-up bad film. Cars 2, on the other hand, is very much so.The major differences between the first and second film is that whereas the first focuses on Owen Wilson's character, Lightning McQueen, going through a decent amount of character growth before a large racing competition, the second oddly focuses on the first film's comic relief character, Tow Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), being caught up in a plot involving secret agents and a monocle-wearing super villain. Meanwhile, McQueen and his new racing problem is relegated to something of a backdrop.The crux of the issue in this film, for myself at least, is the focus on Tow Mater, who I find annoying at the best of times and insufferable at the worst. Unfortunately for me, he is in the majority of this nearly two-hour long film. Additionally, the story itself is, simply put, dull. This is the sort of plot you have seen in many, many spy/action films before - there is really nothing new to see here. All in all, the story ends up feeling deflated and tedious as a result.However, despite my criticisms, I understand that this is a film targeted for a much younger audience than myself. I am sure children who see this film will indeed have a great deal of fun with it, but I am disappointed since Pixar films usually appeal to both children and adults. In Cars 2, sadly, there is very little for older audiences unless you like Larry the Cable Guy.I will give credit where it is due, however. Cars 2, in terms of visuals, animation, and voice-acting has a level of quality that is to be expected from a Pixar release with a production budget of $200 million. For that, I have to give the film at least some points.Overall, this would be an okay but completely unremarkable film if Larry the Cable Guy did not have such a large presence in it. As it stands though, listening to Tow Mater chattering throughout the 106 minute runtime brings my opinion of it from roughly neutral to moderately negative.
Pixar making a bad movie was bound to happen someday, and this was it. As a stand- alone animated film, it's just an okay to mediocre kids' movie that is really stupid. As a Disney and Pixar film, it is a huge embarrassment. The main problem with this film is that the comic relief, Mater is the main character. Comic reliefs don't work as the main focus of the film, because they're not meant to carry the film. Most of the time, they just get annoying which is the case for this film. Also, the spy plot is very shallow and awkward considering the first film had nothing to do with spies, and the environmental message is very hammered in. Overall, this film is meh in the worst way possible, because it has so many glaring problems that don't get the film into bad territory.Final Rating: MEH