Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” “Cars 2” is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille,” and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”). The film hits the track TODAY, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D in select theaters.
The first thing I have to say about Cars 2 is I take back EVERYTHING I have recently said about all 3D movies being full of cheap gimmicks. The graphics in Cars 2 are seamless. You are literally enveloped in the Cars world and the amazing locales. One specific effect I noticed was during an explosion all the rocks and dirt jumped. Not jumped out at me, but just in the sidelines. Super low key, but enough to make me say “Wow, I’m impressed.”
Now onto the actual movie itself. I loved it. I think it will hit spot on with the target audience of boys 6-12. Before seeing the film I thought my son had “aged out” of the Cars franchise, but by bringing in the whole spy factor he will definitely remain a fan.
Speaking as to the spy parts in the film I thought it was really well done. I loved the fact that Mater had a bigger role in the film and Sir Michael Caine was the BOMB as super secret agent Finn McMissile. A lot of the moms in attendance mentioned the fact that there was quite a bit of shooting in the film, but it didn’t bother me. There was no gore to go with it. Just blowing up some Cars.
Overall I think this film further secures the Cars franchise and could even do a few spinoffs. I’d like to see more spy action and some action back in Radiator Springs as well. If your looking for a fun film for the kids and you then stop by and watch Cars 2 this weekend with the family. You will all enjoy it.
***I was flown out to LA for the Disney DreamWorks Event, but all my opinions are my own.***