This movie review of “Cars 2″ appears on KTKA-49.
Since Pixar’s “Cars” was released in 2006, we’ve been able to look forward to a new movie from the premier animation studio in America every summer. Every movie since then has been a huge box office success and has won Pixar the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
I’m sure “Cars 2” will be a big hit as well, but it’s the first Pixar film since “Cars” that isn’t emotionally involving. Larry the Cable Guy again voices Mater, the sweetly slackjawed tow truck who hangs out with champion race car Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson.
Essentially, “Cars 2” is a fish-out-of-water movie set in Europe, as Mater gets himself into all kinds of trouble, including being mistaken for a savvy undercover American spy. There are a lot of expertly designed action scenes and some very detailed, great-looking set pieces, but in the end, making Mater the main character turns the film into kind of a “Forrest Gump” lite.
What’s more, the friendship part of the story that should be its strongest attribute feels underdeveloped and unearned. All the cool action in the world can’t make up for a story that you don’t care about.