Monday, December 5, 2011

Under 250: Cars 2



As I watched Cars 2 I couldn’t help but think that the entire film would have been better- brilliant even-  if in the final scene the cameras pulled back from the glossy world of our anthropomorphized friends into the cloud-papered space of Andy’s bedroom.   Where the first Cars played off of a strange nostalgia for Route 66 Americana its sequel is an explosive cartoon smorgasbord of espionage send-ups, visual puns, and slapstick.  This is the first Pixar film that appears to go knowingly overboard, pushing as much into a single frame as possible, weighing everything down with a complete oversaturation of characters, jokes, and convoluted plot.  The result?  It doesn’t feel like a movie, it feels like a kid’s playtime fantasy.  This is the sort of movie that doesn’t adhere to any sort of real world logic.  Cars 2 runs on dreams and sugar highs.  It seems to have been written by an imaginative small child on an all-time hyperactive bender who’s sitting, slamming Hot Wheels together on the floor and adding to the narrative with “and then…and then…and then…and then” until the inevitable burn out.  I won’t kid you: I enjoyed it.  There were points at which Cars 2 wasdelightfully weird (and super cute).   It’s a quality animated feature, by normal standards.  It’s also a superior kids movie.  By Pixar standards, however, it’s lacking.  Cars 2 is not a timeless film.  It’s a money grabbing sequel with a sense of humor and a few other redeeming qualities.  Kids will, I expect, love it with a rabid fandom.  Adults?  Well, it wasn’t really made for you…   

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