Cars 2

(2011)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Roger's Office: Cars 2

Transcript for Roger's Office: Cars 2

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CHRISTY LEMIRE:
That’s a scene from “Cars 2” but do the talking autos still have the magic? I’m Christy Lemire of The Associated Press.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
And I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com. Let’s get right to it. Roger’s in his office with the review. 

ROGER EBERT:
As a general rule, sequels are weaker than the films that inspired them. That's why "Cars 2" is sort of a surprise. This is Bill Kurtis speaking for Roger Ebert. The movie is a radical retread, shifting the locale from a small town on Route 66 to a World Grand Prix in London, Tokyo and Italy.

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The red car is our hero Lightning McQueen, with a voice by Owen Wilson. His best friend is a lowly tow truck named Mater, with a voice by Larry the Cable Guy, who is not quite sophisticated enough for the world circuit.

/clip “Bathroom” (:48)

The plot involves a war between traditional fossil fuels and new sources of alternative energy. Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer do the voices of two spies who get involved.

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Caine's character gets involved in a big chase and reveals that cars have technological abilities not even hinted at in the first film.

/clip “Oil Rig Chase” (:56)

I liked "Cars 2" more than the original, and   suspect its director, John Lasseter, also did. Lasseter is a big-time car lover, and here he breaks loose into a dazzling spy thriller filled with tricky visual details and lots of in jokes. At a time when most sequels are disappointments, "Cars 2" is an entertaining, thumbs-up surprise.