Movie Review: Cars 2 (2008)

Cars 2 is the second installment in the Cars franchise. We are back with Lightning McQueen and Mater now traveling the world as part of a race. All the former cast cars showed up minus Doc Hudson as his voice actor, Paul Newman, had passed in September 2008. Released on June 24th, 2011, Cars 2 had not-so-great reviews, however, Pixar followed up with Cars 3 in 2017 which was a great improvement. 

The movie begins with a British spy, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine), infiltrating a large untapped oil ring. It is owned by a group of lemon cars and led by Professor Zundapp (Thomas Kretschmann). Finn watches as they load an electromagnetic pulse emitter, disguised as a camera, into a crate to be shipped out then the lemon cars spot Finn. Finn escapes by faking his death.

Back in Radiator Springs, Lightning McQueen had just returned after his fourth win. As he was celebrating with his friends, Francesco Bernoulli, an Italian formula race car, challenge McQueen to race in the World Grand Prix on tv. The World Grand Prix was brand new and created by Sir Miles Axelrod. McQueen calls the news station and tells them he has entered. Luigi (Tony Shalhoub), Guido (Guido Quaroni), Fillmore (Lloyd Sherr), Sarge (Paul Dooley), and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) all travel with McQueen to Tokyo for the first leg of the race. 

At the promotional event, Mater accidentally makes a scene ending up with leaked oil and waiting for a bowl of Wasabi. Mater was in the restroom cleaning up when he interrupts a meeting with Rod Torque Redline (Bruce Campbell), an American spy, and the lemons Grem (Joe Mantegna) and Acer (Peter Jacobson). Torque passes Mater the information to Mater which was meant for Finn and his partner Holly Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). After Torque left the event, she was caught by Professor Zundapp and was killed. The Professor lets his boss know that Torque passed the info to an unknown informant. 

By the end of the first leg, Bernoulli (John Turturro) placed first with McQueen right behind. Their racers were killed by the camera. McQueen was upset with Mater, who accidentally gave his friend bad racing advice. McQueen snaps on his best friend, who turns to return to Radiator Springs, but he was taken by Holly and Finn. 

The three travel to Paris to speak with the informant Tomber (Michel Michelis) before continuing to Porto Corsa, Italy, where the next leg is. While the next race was occurring, Mater infiltrates the meeting of lemon cars, just as they watch the camera cause a pileup in the race. Axelrod (Eddie Izzard) announces that the race cars can use any oil as Allinol was being targeted. McQueen was in the lead and let the world know he would continue using Allinol, painting a target on his back. The lemon cars plot to kill McQueen in London, which scares Mater, revealing his cover. Mater, Finn, and Holly end up captured. 

The three captives are tied up inside Big Ben, where Mater overhears that the lemon cars plan on planting a bomb in McQueen’d pit area after the camera failed to function. Mater so angry and worried for his best friend, breaks free to save McQueen. Finn and Holley break free down after, trying to stop Mater. The two spies realize that the bomb was in Mater’s air filter. They find Mater and tell him, so Mater runs from the racecourse to protect everyone but McQueen follows after him. Finn stops Professor Zundapp as he was trying to escape but he was soon outnumbered by the lemon cars. The other residents of Radiator Springs arrive, rescuing McQueen, Finn, Holley, and Mater. Mater forces Axelrod to deactivate the bomb after he exposes him as the mastermind.

Axelrod and his lemon cars were arrested and Mater was knighted by the Queen. Sarge reveals to McQueen that the reason the camera hadn’t worked on him was that he changed the Allinol gas to Filmore’s organic biofuel. Finn and Holley ask Mater to join them on their spy team but Mater declines. Together, Mater and McQueen and the racers from the World Grand Prix all race around Radiator Springs, ending the film. 

Rating: 1 out of 5.

The worst of all the Pixar films. I mean it bombed. The only thing worth watching in this film was Mater and looking for the Easter eggs. I really don’t have much more to say about Cars 2.

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