Cars 2 Pixar/Walt Disney
We first met Lightning McQueen and revved to his tale of small-town car making it big in the big, bright world of the Grand Prix. With F1 having left its skidmarks in India, Pixar's world of anthropomorphic automobiles (talking cars, for those more into celeb-spotting at F1s), it's a good time to gear into the sequel of John Lasseter's original Cars. McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) has returned to his diggity hometown in Radiator Springs.
And before he can properly settle down to woo the hubcaps off Sally the car he fancies and hang out with his best pal, the rusty tow truck Mater, he's challenged by Francesco Bernoulli, the Italian Racer champion.
It's Mater, played by Larry the Cable Guy (aka Daniel Lawrence Whitney), who's the real protagonist in Cars 2, getting his mate McQueen into all sorts of trouble and making him lose a race to the preening Bernoulli. It's this bumbling tow truck-pal, who ends up unknowingly working undercover with a bunch of British spies. Michael Caine plays the delightful Finn McMissile, a spy master, tipping his bonnet to his 1969 role in The Italian Job. So, if you go by the specs, Cars 2 should have been a worthy successor to its original. But somehow it isn't. The story of a comeback is too rigid, the situational comedy not really funny at all. And director Lasseter seems to have developed some axle problems in keeping our hyper-attentive brains interested in the flick. Cars 2 carries franchise fatigue and would be best viewed as a quick spin.