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Cars 2 [REVIEW]

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With Wit, Reviewed By Kimmo Mustonenen

Wow!  Maybe over thinking was the downfall.  Or over loving of money by Pixar.

Whatever.

No longer “wonder kid” crazy movie makers supreme.  Now, just another assaulting to my eyeballs.

All for my dollars.  Bastards!  In sucky 3-D.

Written by Ben Queen from a previously devised by John Lasseter, Brad Lewis and Dan Fogelman, the script for Cars 2 hit by investing in a different story from that seen in the original instead of making the same mistake most of the proceedings and try to repeat the previous formula – and it is a pity, then, that the plot is chosen by the team as bad and equally formulaic.

What?

Adopting the genre “espionage” as the basis of the narrative, the film features Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his best friend Mate (Larry the Cable Guy) on a trip around the world while the race car part in a series of disputes promoted to prove efficiency of an alternative fuel, clean and renewable – or “green” to you and me.

However, Mate turns out to be mistaken for an American spy and goes on to spearhead several adventures along the agent McMíssel Finn (Michael Caine – not acting, but Reacting!) and his assistant Holley Box (yowza!) Brita (Emily Mortimer) as they try to discover the identity of the villain who seeks to sabotage the race discredit the new fuel.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Kimmo Mustonenen, Behind The Proscenium, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo On Kino, Cars 2, Disney, Pixar, John Lasseter, Brad Lewis, Ben Queen, Dan Fogelman, Robert Iger, Rich Ross, Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro, Brent Musberger, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Kretschmann, Peter Jacobson, Bonnie Hunt, Darrell Waltrip, Franco Nero, David Hobbs, Patrick Walker, Tony Shalhoub, Jeff Garlin, Michel Michelis, Jason Isaacs, Lloyd Sherr, Bruce Campbell, Teresa Gallagher, Jenifer Lewis, Stanley Townsend, Velibor Topic, Sig Hansen, Guido Quaroni, Vanessa Redgrave, John Mainieri, Brad Lewis, Cheech Marin, Jeff Gordon, Lewis Hamilton, Paul Dooley, Edie McClurg, Richard Kind, Katherine Helmond, John Ratzenberger, Michael Wallis, Jess harnell, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Denise Ream, Michael Giacchino, Jay Shuster, Mike Estes, Julie Adams, Allison Nelson, Brendan DonnisonThe desperation of Cars 2 to establish some kind of solidity in its plot, in fact, reaches its peak at the instant kill, for no apparent reason, a loose unbelievable device, only to conclude that there can “do it” by not feel secure in himself, forcing his old friend to encourage him (I don’t even know what I wrote right now, but you will) – and this kind of unfortunate crud is spread throughout the work, starting on the scene, at the beginning of the film, in which Lightning mourns the death of Doc Hudson in a monologue accompanied by an artificial track just to forget about the very second he leaves the museum dedicated to old mentor (apparently, Pixar decided to delete the character after the death of his voice actor, Paul Newman, although the van originally voiced by George Carlin has not deserved the same consideration – words you can’t say on T.V. being said to Pixar right now).

This is now my longest sentence.

If nothing else, the film still takes care of sending anything positive for their young audience, planting the idea that “junk” (the “old”, “different”, “rejected”) see the world with envy, resentment and bad intentions (whatever!).

And what about their supposed ecological message, which at first seems to advocate the importance of a clean fuel and sustainable only to conclude with the mantra so unbelievable.  So unbelievable that I shan’t mention it.

Ha!

A mantra that replaced the word “gasoline” for “Pixar” unfortunately no longer applies.

There, I said it.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Reese Witherspoon, Water For Elephants, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake, Stephen Monroe Taylor, Ken Foree, Scott MacDonald, James Frain, Sam Anderson, John Aylward, Brad Greenquist, Tim Guinee, Donna W. Scott, E.E. Bell, Kyle Jordan, Aleksandra Kaniak, Ilia Volok, Bruce Gray, Jim Jansen, James Keane, Ivo Nandi, Karynn Moore, Andrew Connolly, Doug McDougal, Tracy Phillips Rowan O'Hara, Water for Elephants, Tai, Uggie, Ice, Sita Acevedo, Danny Castle, Michael Coronas, Aloysia Gavre, Francis Lawrence, Andrew R. Tennenbaum, Erwin Stoff, Gil Netter, Kevin Halloran, Alan Edward Bell, Ana Maria Quintana, Chad Holmes, David Crank, Denise Chamian, Molly Allen, Sasha Veneziano, Kimmo MustonenenKimmo Mustonenen for Kimmo On Kino – Behind The Proscenium

P.S.  The Glee Project brings me tears of joy.  I have much hope for those poor, weirdo reject kids.  And they’re not in their 20’s!  Or auto-tuned!  Yet.

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  1. Pixar blows · June 23, 2011

    Even the great Steven Seagal had the occasional bad movie. So Pixar is in good company.

  2. Heavy G · June 23, 2011

    This should make Dreamworks happy. Schadenfreude and all that jazz.

  3. Jill Kennedy · June 23, 2011

    Whoever would have thought Bad Teacher would be getting better reviews. I’ll still be seeing this weekend with my 5 year old. But still. Pixar missed? How did that happen? Must be Disney’s corporate culture finally taking its toll.

  4. Fuck this · June 23, 2011

    Your broken English ain’t gonna stop me from seeing this movie. Git r done, bitch.

  5. What the Hell is Wrong with You??? · June 23, 2011

    Are you a raging drunk??
    Your review is completely incoherent! The rambling run-on sentences are painful to attempt to decode. You couldn’t even get the name of one of the lead characters correct – it’s “MATER” you idiot!!!
    And then to see that the “Glee Project” puts you in fits of joy tells it all.
    I am so sorry that I even followed the link of the person who claims that THIS is their favorite review of Cars 2. They must be an idiot as well – as am I for wasting my time!!!

    • Kimmo Mustonenen · June 23, 2011

      I am sorry you didn’t like this review. English is hard language to see nuances and subtleties of grammer. Suomen on paljon helpompaa! That’s for sure.

    • AngryEnglishTeacher · June 23, 2011

      I apologise in advance for any offense my comment may cause you, but this review is completely incoherent. I also followed a link of a person claiming that this review was worth reading. I strongly suggest that you write in Finnish and get some external assistance in translating the text. An ‘A’ for effort if this was some kind of personal exercise, but the writing is almost impossible to follow.

      However, I must thank you for the heads-up on a disappointing-sounding movie I’m now going to avoid watching.

      • Kimmo Mustonenen · June 23, 2011

        I apologize to you Angry English Teacher. I doing the best I can with a very difficult language to learn. But my bosses I think enjoy me playing buffoon for others enjoyment.

  6. Julia · June 23, 2011

    I took my 5 year old to see Cars tonight. It was cute and spot on for little boys. I love Disney/Pixar and think that reviews have been a little too hard on Cars. First the Cars movies have offered me an opportunity to talk to my son about history (route 66, etc), travel, as well as the US (where we live) and now with the second installment other countries too in a way he understands. Also, plot lines aside it is the best Pixar Soundtrack. In addition, my son has watched Cars 1 about a million times and upon seeing the Cars 2 previews asked his grandma for Finn McMissle, which he proudly brought to the movie today. I love Pixar, but in reality a lot of the well reviewed movies are somewhat lost on little kids. I cried at Toy Story 3 when Andy gave his toys away because my Woody (favorite childhood doll named Rosebud) is carefully packed away in a closet at my parents house. My son on the other hand gentle patted me and told me it was OK they got out of the garbage dump when he saw the tear roll down my cheek. The incredibles was great for those of us who hit middle age and look back to our glory days and think how did I get here I was sure I would be famous etc. but I don’t see any kids with Incredibles lunch boxes at my sons school. In fact my son rarely watches the most acclaimed Pixar movies. Cars is a major staple of our TV viewing. At the end of the day Cars is a movie I can talk about with my son and he really enjoys. In fact grandma and grandpa plan to take him again to the movie if he wants to go. Cars may not be Shakespeare but it sure is better than a lot of what is out there. After all shouldn’t a kid enjoy a kids movie? When I take my son to a movie I want him to enjoy it more or at least as much as I did. Cars was that movie. I certainly think Cars holds its own with Monsters or Nemo (I always get blased when I say Nemo is my least favorite Pixar. In fact I didn’t like it at all until I became a parent and could at least identify with Marlin). Cars 2 was a wise move by Disney/Pixar and with a Cars themed land coming to Disnayland and the merchandising it will pay off outside of just the immediate box office. See you at Carsland in CA. Can’t wait for Monsters Inc. 2.

  7. Eric Tan · June 23, 2011

    Wow… And you saw this movie because you’re a fan, or you saw it for free or what? I’m taking my three-year-old to see it soon, and it will be his first time in a cinema. He’s gonna love it, and then he’s gonna have lots of questions, which I expect, and we’re gonna learn about the world as I attempt to answer his questions. He’s part of the target audience of this movie; you’re obviously not. Based on the trailers and clips I’ve seen, Pixar has managed to come up with yet another story fit for the whole family, with even more technological breakthroughs in computer rendering et al. Thanks, Pixar.

  8. Allie · June 23, 2011

    I enjoy your reviews very much and think they are spot-on, focus on boobs aside.

    Most of the Pixar movies are better for adults than for kids, which is one reason for their tremendous success; kids get a mild kick out of cartoon characters and grown-ups are not bored to death. “Cars” is the exception to the usual Pixar rule.

    I hated the original movie and was out of my mind with boredom. I don’t care about those cars or what happened to the Great American Road. But kids just eat that stuff up. They love it!

    You couldn’t pay me to sit through “Cars” again, and it sounds like “Cars II: More Cars” is more of what I hated. So, thanks for the warning… I will steer clear of this one, and hit “Bad Teacher” instead.

  9. what is voice acting · June 23, 2011

    Either one is incredibly hard to get into, luck matters as much as talent.

  10. Practicality is generally sacrificed for performance. This is clearly not the type of car you’d use to help your friend move or go to the supermarket.

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