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Cars 2

Mater and McQueen

I think when Pixar announced they would be making a sequel to Cars, everyone over the age of 10 was unhappy. While Pixar consistently makes some of the best films, Cars was one of the few failures. Financially, Cars was a huge success, but cinematically it wasn’t a very good film. Since Cars 2 came out, I’d been wanting to see it, just because it’s Pixar, but never really having the desire.

I finally watched it, and I have to confess, it’s a good film. It’s not as good as most Pixar films, but it’s certainly better than its predecessor. Cars 2 is a spy film. Like the Bond films, the audience is immediately introduced to a spy mid-mission, and we get to see into that world. Shortly afterwards, we see that McQueen has returned from the racing circuit to spend time with his BFF Mater. McQueen takes him on the road to Japan where he’s racing, and Mater gets caught up in the spy world accidentally.

McQueen

It’s a fun romp, but I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot of money to see it in theatres. The film uses the only good character from the original, and the rest are supporting characters. The rest of the cast is filled out with Eddie Izzard, Michael Caine, and Emily Mortimer1.

The best way to make this better would to have had the film not be a Cars sequel and instead rework the plot to just be a spy drama.

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There’s a snake in my boot!

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Toy Story was about two toys, Woody, a cowboy sheriff, and Buzz Lightyear, an intergalactic superhero. Woody, as the leader of the group of toys sees his comfy life as the favourite toy challenged when Buzz Lightyear shows up at Christmas. After much adventure, they become the best of friends.

Toy Story 3, begins with a recollection of the life they once had, the fun adventures of a toy who’s played with, but then flashes ahead to present day when Andy’s grown up. Andy’s about to head to University, as his mother asks him what he’s doing with his old toys.

Much like the other two Toy Story films, the movie revolves around a simple, but effective concept, get back to Andy. While this concept is extremely simple, the three films are so unique to one another, and so well constructed, that it barely matters. The audience is in for a great adventure, because the characters are so good. Woody and Buzz are such very strong leads that there are so many possible stories for these two characters.

The film is supported by the best of the characters from previous Toy Story films, Hamm, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Slink, the Pizza Planet Aliens, T-Rex, and unfortunately Jessie and Bullseye.

The film is great. It’s fun, hilarious, heartwarming, sad, and many other emotions. The film puts a great highlight on how great Pixar films are and always have been. I don’t want to give much away, but like most recently Pixar films, there’s moments of tears, and moments of pure glee. They’ve become quite adept at luring the audience in to love their characters.

Amongst the discussion from the night was listing Pixar films from worst to best, here’s my go:

10) Cars
9) A Bug’s Life
8) Ratatouille
7) Toy Story 2
6) Finding Nemo
5) Monsters, Inc.
4) Toy Story
3) The Incredibles
2) Wall-e
1) Up

I think I would put Toy Story 3 between Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo.