Starring the voices of: Michael Caine, Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Emily Mortimer
Directed by: John Lasseter and Brad Lewis
Let’s first establish that going to Cars 2 for me was less about the movie and more about the experience as I was in the company of 12 toddlers for my son’s third birthday (yes, I’m mad).
The movie started pretty quickly without the usual 30 minutes of adverts so that was a huge plus. I’m not sure if this was the case for all screenings or just the 10am, non-3D, little kids session
Cars 2 was great, the spy theme was fun with lots of new characters including Finn McMissile as a very cool British spy, and all of the original well-loved characters making an appearance.
The opening scenes were very action-oriented with loads of bombs, guns and, surprise, car chases (oops, PG rating got overlooked in planning this outing). The animation has been stepped up a notch in comparison to the original Cars movie, with explosions and water so well done that it looked real.
The movie basically tracks Lightning McQueen’s challenge to Francesco in the World Grand Prix, in the meantime Mater is mistaken for an American spy and causes havoc for both the goodies and the baddies. There are some laughs in there for adults as well as plenty for the littlies.
It seemed to inspire the racing car in my son, who spent the second half of the movie running circles at the front of the theatre channelling his inner McQueen. He also didn’t want to leave at the end, dancing to the closing credits and crying when it all ended. So despite a few more toilet breaks than I’m used to, and the momentary loss of my nephew to a neighbouring cinema, I survived, and overall it was a great experience.
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