Genres: Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: June 24th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director: John Lasseter
JJ Rating: B+
A great Pixar spy film with cars that outdid the last James Bond film. Yes, you read that right. Cars 2.
The 7 Things Good about this Film
1. Pixar characters are rich in detail and personality, including Cars 2. It’s amazing how much heart Pixar puts into each project. That cannot be denied no matter if you hate this film.
2. The voice talent was out of the car lot. Who’d ever think that Larry the Cable Guy would be in the same film as Michael Caine? To hear them together puts up prejudices with accents. One does sound “smarter with a pinch of prickish” while the other sounds more “heartfelt with intelligence soaked in moonshine.” I love both accidents. I wish I had a stronger accent.
3. I could watch this film again to watch this world in action. So much thought was put into everything on that screen, I’m sure I missed something interesting.
4. The humor and action were well handled.
5. Great story idea. If I loved spy films, I think I’d love this film a lot.
6. Soundtrack has great music and a good score. However, those Itune’s comments about what is and isn’t for individual sale are so whiny. To go with the crazy combos already in this film, they put Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley together to sing "Collision of Worlds".
7. This is one of the better spy films I’ve seen.
The 2 Things Bad about this Film
1. I am not a HUGE fan of Cars, but I’m also not a hater. I enjoyed it for the heart and the beauty as I did with Cars 2. I’m not that into cars or spy films. I guess this is more bad on me than the film itself.
2. I tried to understand why Cars 2 is so long. Could they have removed something to make it shorter? I dislike a long film, that’s proven. I hate unnecessary time wasted. I don’t see how comedies or animation can be almost 2 hours long. Then came Cars 2 and made me rethink that. I should find it bad that it was long, but I find it to be questionable at best.
Oscar nod for Best Animated Film. Based on the animated films released this year, how can it not win?
Cars 2 is not a film for everyone. Pixar has set the standard very high, but that doesn’t mean that people have to misjudge greatness. I’m grounded enough to see it even when it’s difficult. It reminds me of a “Doctor Who” episode about Vincent van Gogh and how unappreciated he was during his life. Within time, I believe that both Cars films will be appreciated for their amazing display of ingenuity and thought. Something this Twitter world can’t handle when all they want is a McDonald’s Feel Good Film from Pixar. As I say to “Glee”, Pixar don’t change to please the public. Do what you believe is in your best interest and the public will learn to either appreciate it, or be left behind. Either way progress isn’t necessarily always made with strong public support. Ka-chow.