Cars 2 — Mini Review and Thoughts

Ever since Pixar announced that they were going to do a sequel to their movie Cars, there has been an online back­lash. I say online, because I haven’t noticed the same reac­tion amongst people I know in real life. But blogs were full of people making snide comments and claim­ing that Cars was the worst movie that Pixar had done so why do a sequel?

Person­ally I don’t think Cars was Pixar’s worst movie. Well short of their best, but not their worst either. Person­ally I preferred it to A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2 and Rata­touille.  The reason for a sequel though is obvi­ous. Cars is a merchan­dis­ing cash cow and Disney would be crazy not to do a sequel. Which prob­a­bly just antag­o­nized the online commu­nity even more.

Critical Drubbing

Cars 2After it’s release Cars 2 was given some harsh reviews. As of right now it’s scor­ing 35% on Rotten​Toma​toes​.com (Pixar’s lowest score ever) based on crit­ics reviews. It’s pretty clear they don’t like the movie. By contrast however the audi­ence score listed on Rotten Toma­toes is 64% and simi­larly IMDB​.com is rating the movie at 6.7 out of 10 stars. So why the huge discrep­ancy?


It all comes down to expec­ta­tions. The last few Pixar movies have dealt with some complex, even adult, themes and emotions. Cars 2 does not. This is not a sophis­ti­cated movie for adults. It’s a cartoon aimed primar­ily at kids. I get the feel­ing that most of the nega­tive reviews of Cars 2 come down to people review­ing it based on what they wanted, not what it is.

What is Cars 2?

It’s fun. Plain and simple. There’s noth­ing very deep going on in this movie, but what it does offer is sheer enter­tain­ment. For kids there are lots of silly jokes, flying, swim­ming, racing and tonnes of Mater  (prob­a­bly too much for adults). For the older set, there’s a lot of enter­tain­ment to be had from the Bond inspired spy theme of the movie. And as always with Pixar it offers computer anima­tion that is second to none. The open­ing scenes in the sea are simply breath­tak­ing.

I’m not sure I’ll be re-watch­ing this one very often (though my kids prob­a­bly will) but I also thor­oughly enjoyed watch­ing it in the cinema.

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