Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley)— From Pixar, the animation studio that brought the world Toy Story, Up, Wall-E, and Cars, comes a rarity to the studio: a sequel. With Toy Story being the only Pixar film to ever have a sequel, Cars 2 is bravely going down an uncharted road. So does Lightning (McQueen) strike twice?
The first film was seen as a mild success when it first opened. Yet, it garnered quite a following for many reasons: the life lessons that Pixar and Disney are both well known for was evident, but it was this world full of talking cars (no humans) that really pulled in children and adults alike. Boasting voice talents from Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy, the first film ended up being a fan favorite, which has led us to Cars 2.
Cars 2 takes what the first film gave us and multiplies it by 10. The landscape is larger, the characters shine more, the supporting cast grows: all this makes Cars 2 feel like a true sequel worthy of the Cars and Pixar name. This time around, the spotlight is placed squarely on Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), as his dumb luck places him wheel deep in an espionage plot of exploding cars and mysterious villains. Sure, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is there, and the races do center around him, but the movie clearly makes everyone’s favorite tow truck the leading man, and he does quite a fine job doing so.
Supporting cast and guest stars are abound, with spy extraordinaire Finn McMissle (Michael Caine), clean fuel entrepreneur Sir Miles Axelrod (Eddie Izzard), and rival racecar Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) all in the mix, there really isn’t a dull moment. Even fan favorite actor Bruce Campbell makes an appearance! The animation and artwork in this film lands right up there in the Pixar high standards club, and the 3D in the movie really does enhance the whole film.
If you are looking for an all ages movie to see with the family, I highly recommend Cars 2. Plus, with a Toy Story short film before the movie, how can you really go wrong?