Earlier this week, my husband and I were invited to attend the Indianapolis screening of Cars 2. I was very excited to see the movie, as I was a huge fan of the first Cars movie. Here is a brief synopsis of the movie:
Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
My husband and I differ slightly on our opinions of the movie. I thought it was fun, action packed, and engaging. My husband thought that the animation was amazing and visually stunning, but that the plot line was confusing and difficult to follow. The movie is a lot more violent than the first with talks of “killing cars”, but I don’t think that it was too violent for kids. While I believe this movie is geared towards older kids, I still think it is a fun movie that families can all enjoy together. The main character in this movie is not Lightening McQueen but the tow truck Mater. Their friendship is put to the test while traveling around the world. As the story unfolds, the lessons learned about friendship is a beautiful part of the movie.
Overall we enjoyed the movie. We didn’t think it was Pixar’s finest, but it was entertaining and had a great message about being a true friend.