Cars 2 Blu-ray 3D
Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + Digital Copy
One of the many strong points of Cars 2 is
that you don't have to watch the first instalment to understand and
enjoy this sequel. In fact, this film embodies a 'spirit' almost
entirely different to the first. Part spy-movie, part bromantic comedy
and part action, it is a welcome new addition to the Disney/Pixar
oeuvre. Don't be surprised if this gets nominated for Best Animated
Feature for the next Academy Awards.
The ambitious Lightning McQueen (Owen
Wilson) has returned to Radiator Springs for some quiet catch-up time
with flame Sally (Bonnie Hunt) after an exhausting racing tour. However,
he is soon off on a trans-continental, biofuel-based World Grand Prix to
prove his racetrack finesse against Italian rival Francesco Bernoulli
(John Turturo). Meanwhile, British Intelligence, comprising of Finn
McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer),
mistakenly include McQueen's best friend Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy)
into their spy circle, with hilarious consequences.
For newcomers to the franchise, the world of Cars is very cleverly
designed. It is mainly inhabited by anthropomorphic modes of transport –
talking automobiles, aeroplanes, ships. The depth with which the film
operates will make you wonder many unnecessary but interesting things:
So, how are these cars manufactured with no humans around? Do they
worship some kind of car-creating deity? Where do baby cars come from?
And how do cars even reproduce?
Cars 2, like most Pixar films, inventively recycles conventions, clichés
and allusions, in this case, those of the spy-movie. We are treated with
a monocle-wearing German criminal mastermind, a bongo-laden soundtrack,
red herrings, surprise twists and flashbacks to hidden clues. If only it
were appropriate for Holley Shiftwell to squeeze in an Austin Powers
reference with a, 'Shift very well by reputation.'
Overall, the main highlight of the film
would have to be Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, the epitome of social
naiveté. Among his many faux pas are mistaking wasabi for pistachio
sauce and perceiving the art of Japanese sand-raking to be a workplace
chore. Luckily, his encyclopaedic knowledge of all-things-cars allows
him to be the heroic undercover agent of the day, exposing the
deceitfulness and corruption of a certain well-trusted character.
Visually, the background settings throughout the film are stunning: the
neon jungle of Tokyo, the seediness and elegance of Paris, the
familiarity of London and the opulence of the fictional town of Porto
Corsa – the gem of the Italian Riviera. All of these are excellent
suggestions for future summer holidays. If only Porto Corsa were real
and with the inclusion of 3D on Blu-ray... wow.
Being a PG-rated film, older audience members need not worry about
boredom. Many will be excited to see Marxist themes enacted by
computer-animated characters, as loser 'lemons' aim to overthrow the
cool racing cars that the world hypnotically loves. Also, the oldest
action fan will drool over McMissile's extensive body of weapons and
tricks: guns, bombs, submarine propellers, Mystique-like disguises. I
wonder what Inspector Gadget would think.
Marxist revolutions, the efficacy of biofuels, U.S. - British
misunderstandings and the banes of social inexperience – Cars 2
entertainingly tackles these big ideas in less than two hours, in the
form of a simple kids' pic. Disney and Pixar have pulled off a mammoth
task indeed, and with speeding chrome colours. So, the final verdict is
this: watch Cars 2 if you are still trying to get rid of that blasted
aftertaste of Fast and Furious 5. For special features, the six-minute Toy
Story: Hawaiian Vacation is shown but is dwarfed by the giant. Add in
commentary and Air Mater and this rounds up a wonderful Blu-ray release
that is a must have for owners of 3D televisions.
Hawaiian Vacation Short