I understand it's "just a kid's movie," but the entire CARS universe is so utterly inane and unplanned beyond the "hey, wouldn't it be weird if?" setup that I cannot connect with these films. And the sequel is flat-out terrible, an unneeded cash-grab for one of the most profitable studios in the world. No characterization, bad editing and a surprising, saddening reliance on gun violence for kid's entertainment.
Excellent action sequences, gorgeously animated, and a thrilling spy narrative. So, why the two stars? Whatever charm Mater had in the previous entry has completely dissipated. They dial up his goofiness and leave the endearment too far behind. Almost every scene involving him or his story with Lightning falls flat.
If you mentally switch out the cars in Cars with post-human description of entire cyborg societies where the beings can constantly update themselves and switch out their own body's mechanics, Cars is kinda trippy. If you do that with Cars 2, you'll completely lose your shit and probably get paranoia-laced nightmares for weeks.
Way better than the first I think. Even if Mater could really be annoying, there are some funny details and I love the James Bond tone. Oh, and the film is worth watching for Michael Caine saying "Tout de suite" !
Pixar's first dud feels more like a cynical money grab, lacking the heart of their usual work. The CARS conceit goes too far as the simplicity of the original is replaced by loud, over the top spy hijinks that just don't fit in the world they had previously created.
Lighting McQueen is relegated to a supporting role in at story that centers around Mater instead. Essentially, it's a pastiche of Bond films, bumbling spy comedies, and racing films like "Grand Prix" and "Le Mans." Ultimately it's pretty thin, but it's enough to keep the kids occupied for a hour and a half.