Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
Ethan (3 1/2 years old) and I both loved this movie. I don't think Ethan took his eyes off the screen from the time it started until the last bit of the credits had rolled. Ethan loved all the race car action and seeing his favorite characters on the big screen, while I enjoyed the storyline with its international spy mystery. There is a lot of cartoon violence and shooting in this movie, so if this is something that you try to avoid, keep that in mind. My son didn't really seem to notice this much (we don't allow playing pretend guns or shooting at home, so this is something I try to be careful about), but was thrilled with the chases and the races. There are plenty of little jokes and references in the movie to keep the adults entertained-my personal favorite scene was a cameo by a star of Deadliest Catch- brilliant!
I also liked the messages of friendship and bravery and being proud of yourself and who you really are. But for me, the star of the movie was the animation- in 3D the scenes of Tokyo and Paris and especially Porto Corso were amazing and beautiful. This is a great movie for the whole family- there's something in it for everyone. CARS 2 opens this Friday, June 24th.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary passes to attend this movie so that I could review it here on my blog. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.