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mikelan6
06-18-2011, 02:54 PM
I just got home after watching a screener of Cars 2 and I must say that I LOVED it. I enjoyed this one much more than the original. While the original was a racing film, this one is more of an James Bond type film. Even the music was reminiscent of the spy films. I also loved the world travels that the characters make (check my tag). I loved all the characters in the film - even the bad guys! Hehe. :goodvibes

linnell
06-18-2011, 05:12 PM
Cool! My 4yo loves spy stuff and he loves Cars so I think he is going to love this! Two more weeks to the Dis Event!

WaltD4Me
06-18-2011, 05:40 PM
Interesting. I didn't really care for the first Cars. I only watched it once and thought it was a little boring. It's the only Pixar movie that I don't have on DVD. I assumed Cars 2 would be more of the same, but maybe not. Good to know.

Joshua_me
06-18-2011, 06:24 PM
That's good to hear...

The first "Cars" movie wasn't really my thing, and the only Pixar film I had no desire to watch a second time. I know some folks here will find that blasphemous, but what can I say ? I just didn't like it all that much.

The second one sounds like it might be a lot more interesting.

TMcDwyer
06-18-2011, 08:28 PM
We liked the first Cars and my kids CAN NOT WAIT to see the new one. Thanks for the review!

scjo68
06-18-2011, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the info. I loved the first movie. I can't wait to see the next one.

SouthernExplorer
06-18-2011, 11:45 PM
I just got home after watching a screener of Cars 2 and I must say that I LOVED it. I enjoyed this one much more than the original. While the original was a racing film, this one is more of an James Bond type film. Even the music was reminiscent of the spy films. I also loved the world travels that the characters make (check my tag). I loved all the characters in the film - even the bad guys! Hehe. :goodvibes

Sweet, looking forward to catching this flick in the theaters.

IWISHFORDISNEY
06-19-2011, 05:56 PM
My kiddos are dying to see this good to hear.

dalt01
06-19-2011, 06:43 PM
we spend a lot of time at the movies........this was not on our list...........but i trust your judgement and it is on our list now..........i am a bit behind have not seen Super 8 or Green Lantern yet.

mommyceratops
06-20-2011, 07:37 AM
We can not wait to see it. My boys want to go the midnight showing of it :lmao: I am very tempted to take them. However DH has to work and wants us to wait until Saturday.

I say if it is good then we can go twice? :rolleyes1

mikelan6
06-20-2011, 07:49 AM
I forgot to mention that we also saw the Toy Story "Hawaiian Vacation" before the movie started. The short was worth the price of admission alone.

*NikkiBell*
06-20-2011, 07:50 AM
Hawaiian Vacation? What's that? I haven't heard anything about it.

mikelan6
06-20-2011, 07:58 AM
Hawaiian Vacation? What's that? I haven't heard anything about it.

"Hawaiian Vacation" is a short film shown before the movie. It was adorable and FUNNY!

http://www.slashfilm.com/toy-story-hawaiian-vacation-teaser-trailer/

TMcDwyer
06-20-2011, 08:11 AM
Hawaiian Vacation? What's that? I haven't heard anything about it.

Me either! I am not going to tell my kids and let them be surprised. :)

Disneybridein2k3
06-23-2011, 04:54 AM
Mike - I completely agree! The Toy Story trailer a wonderful surprise and the movie was excellent. I took my dad, my 17 year old, and my 5 year old and everyone agreed that the plot was so different from the first movie it was hard to compare it. While McQueen was the star of the previous film, Tow Mater is the star of this one and no one is more surprised than he is :goodvibes

There is action and a surprise plot twist like any good spy movie. I was worried that this movie was more for older kids but my 5 year old daughter loved it as much as the rest of us. Everyone was walking out with smiles and talking about what a hit it was. Disney/Pixar knocked it out of the park again, IMHO. There is so much to see visually that I will need to see it more than once. While it is hard to compare the two movies, I definitely like this movie better. My oldest daughter agreed however she said she liked the soundtrack better from the first film.

Mrs. M. Mouse
06-23-2011, 11:21 PM
We watched it in 3d Last night at a premiere too! What a great film! I especially loved the TS3 Short at the front and the deadliest catch cameo...

It was very spy themed but it was sooo good! I even said to my hubby that I'd pay to see it again lol....(that says alot cause we don't go to many movies in theatre lol)

Very well done!

Flynn_Rider
06-24-2011, 01:49 AM
we spend a lot of time at the movies........this was not on our list...........but i trust your judgement and it is on our list now..........i am a bit behind have not seen Super 8 or Green Lantern yet.

I'd 100% skip Green Lantern and 100% get to Super 8. Just thought I'd save you $10 on watching Green Lantern.

cdotla
06-25-2011, 06:53 PM
Great to hear the positive reviews, as it is being slammed by the credits right now as Pixar's 1st fail. What do they know?:rotfl:

We are seeing it tomorrow for my son's 6th Birthday Party...can't wait!:banana:

Disney Dad Canada
06-25-2011, 07:43 PM
Of course saying something wrong about Pixar is blasphemous to some on here, but my kids and I thought the movie was average at best. When my son said "I think they just made the movie to sell the Cars toys in their stores", that kind of says it all. The ONLY thing worth watching was the Toy Story skit.

This is Dreamwork's best shot at winning best animated feature Oscar. Kung Fu Panda 2 was fantastic, and beats out Cars 2 by a mile.

wdwscout
06-25-2011, 08:05 PM
DH & I saw this today- and we both loved it!
I loved all the locations they got to create and thought they were very well done.
The story was better than I expected.
And I give extra points to anything with Michael Caine in it!! :lovestruc

I can't wait for the DVD so I can watch it more times and take in more of thegreat details!

Oh- and Hawaiian Vacation was terrific. :thumbsup2
Unfortunately our "person in the booth" got it all wrong. It started out all green, then went to black, then 2D, then 3D, then 2D, then 3D, then black ,etc. We spent the 1st half of the short watching them try to get it right!!

k5jmh
06-25-2011, 09:36 PM
Ian and I just got back. Here are my notes:


Best use of 3D in any movie to date. The whole thing looked like a perfect 3d diorama. It looked like I was looking out a window into the "Cars" world. No 3D gimmicks!! Fantastic!
Ian and I enjoyed the film. I enjoyed the plot and it amazes me about the details in every shot. Like Florescent Light Bulbs reflecting off of Lightning McQueen's Paint even though the real bulbs are not visible in the shot. The quantity and quality of detail is just stunning. I will have to go watch it again.
The Toy Story Short WILL win Best Animated Short at the Oscars. It was great.
The opening sequence of "The Lion King" looked AMAZING in 3D. The 3D gave the shots an added Depth of Field that added so much to the landscape. Just incredible!


:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Aburns8
06-26-2011, 04:41 PM
My DH and I saw it last night. I really liked it! In fact I think that I prefer the second one over the first one.

Lumiere Lover
06-26-2011, 04:50 PM
I didn't think Cars 2 was better than the first. However , I am not into spy movies. I do think they did a great job with the 3D, and the TS3 short was great. Not a bad movie, just not my favorite.

cdotla
06-28-2011, 08:48 PM
Consensus among everyone who was at the theatre with us on Sunday (a group of about 12 adults and 17 kids) was that it was a great movie.

I personally loved all of the international venues and scenes (Pixar did a great job with them), and as Formula One fans, DH & I really liked the racing.

Our group was kinda split, with some people prefering Cars 2 over the original. (Personally I still like the original better).

topolino
07-04-2011, 06:55 PM
I finally saw Cars 2 last night and was astoiunded at how good it was. The scenery was breathtaking, the story line never got boring and the characters were well developed. This is going to come across as blasphemy to some, but I liked it far more than Toy Story 3. Cars 2 may be the best Pixar film since Finding Nemo, in my opinion.

ADP
07-04-2011, 08:30 PM
We saw Cars 2 this weekend and thought it was very well done. I found it very humorous. It was much better than the original version.

darrengs
07-05-2011, 07:38 AM
My family and I saw it this weekend, we did not see it in 3d, and I was underwhelmed.

dpuck1998
07-05-2011, 08:01 AM
While enjoyable, I thought it lack the emotional aspect usually associate with pixar. It was "fun" but the storyline was perhaps my least favorite of all the pixar movies....other than Wall-e

lugnut33
07-05-2011, 09:34 AM
Took the family and saw it in 3-D.

So, this was Cars, Featuring Tow Mater and I didn't really care for it. Tow Mater as a sidekick is fine, but as the main character ended up being a bit annoying to me. The friction between him and Lightning was predictable and felt forced (if that's possible in an animated feature).

I wish the story had been about Lightning and Francesco as the later stole the show if you ask me. The story they went with lacked depth and emotion.

IMO, not nearly as good as the first one, especially if you are a racing fan and it's my least favorite Pixar movie to date.

coopersmom
07-07-2011, 11:23 AM
Took the family and saw it in 3-D.

So, this was Cars, Featuring Tow Mater and I didn't really care for it. Tow Mater as a sidekick is fine, but as the main character ended up being a bit annoying to me. The friction between him and Lightning was predictable and felt forced (if that's possible in an animated feature).

I wish the story had been about Lightning and Francesco as the later stole the show if you ask me. The story they went with lacked depth and emotion.

IMO, not nearly as good as the first one, especially if you are a racing fan and it's my least favorite Pixar movie to date.

Agreed.

I'm the mother of a four-year-old boy who has seen "Cars" roughly 2.7 billion times in the past two years he's been watching movies. It was, and is, his favorite film, and even I don't mind hearing it on the endless loop it seems to be on in our minivan DVD player. My son was DYING to see "Cars 2," in the theater, "with the glasses," and we went this past weekend. (He even knew the opening date from the ubiquitous TV ads and preview trailers on various DVDs and has been talking about this for MONTHS.)

To sum up his review: he wanted to leave halfway through to, "go home and play Legos." This was his second-ever in-theater movie; first, "Tangled," when he was only three, he loved and had no problem sitting through, even with the 3D glasses on.

Yep, the "Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation" short at the beginning was brilliant. Really shows they could do a "Toy Story 4," which I guess Tom Hanks recently hinted at, but please spare us a "Cars 3."

This was a shoot-'em-up spy movie which MAY have worked with another conceit but had nothing to do with the established Cars universe, so why do a second film? The races were secondary (almost pointless), the entire message of friendship and slow-down-and-enjoy-life from the first film, COMPLETELY thrown out the window, and a little of Tow Mater goes a LONG way. Unless you're a rabid Larry the Cable Guy fan, this is an easy wait for the DVD. And if you're child-free, this is a Pixar film you're gonna want to pass on.

I agree with the above reviewer, and the critics: This is Pixar's first failure. (That Oscar streak has definitely come to an end.) Not the worst kids' movie I've ever seen, but I expected far better from Disney and, especially, Pixar. The plot was pointless and silly (and I grew up a rampant James Bond fan), the dialogue lacked the clever repartee of previous Pixar pictures (what usually keeps the adults watching) and it just wasn't very fun at all. Expertly animated, of course, with plenty of "cool" chases and spy gadgets ... But that's not nearly enough to carry a movie.

hockeymomNS
07-07-2011, 12:58 PM
Oh wow......while I enjoyed #1 more, I def. loved this movie. I would never have considered it even close to a failure.

dpuck1998
07-07-2011, 01:19 PM
Agreed.

I'm the mother of a four-year-old boy who has seen "Cars" roughly 2.7 billion times in the past two years he's been watching movies. It was, and is, his favorite film, and even I don't mind hearing it on the endless loop it seems to be on in our minivan DVD player. My son was DYING to see "Cars 2," in the theater, "with the glasses," and we went this past weekend. (He even knew the opening date from the ubiquitous TV ads and preview trailers on various DVDs and has been talking about this for MONTHS.)

To sum up his review: he wanted to leave halfway through to, "go home and play Legos." This was his second-ever in-theater movie; first, "Tangled," when he was only three, he loved and had no problem sitting through, even with the 3D glasses on.

Yep, the "Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation" short at the beginning was brilliant. Really shows they could do a "Toy Story 4," which I guess Tom Hanks recently hinted at, but please spare us a "Cars 3."

This was a shoot-'em-up spy movie which MAY have worked with another conceit but had nothing to do with the established Cars universe, so why do a second film? The races were secondary (almost pointless), the entire message of friendship and slow-down-and-enjoy-life from the first film, COMPLETELY thrown out the window, and a little of Tow Mater goes a LONG way. Unless you're a rabid Larry the Cable Guy fan, this is an easy wait for the DVD. And if you're child-free, this is a Pixar film you're gonna want to pass on.

I agree with the above reviewer, and the critics: This is Pixar's first failure. (That Oscar streak has definitely come to an end.) Not the worst kids' movie I've ever seen, but I expected far better from Disney and, especially, Pixar. The plot was pointless and silly (and I grew up a rampant James Bond fan), the dialogue lacked the clever repartee of previous Pixar pictures (what usually keeps the adults watching) and it just wasn't very fun at all. Expertly animated, of course, with plenty of "cool" chases and spy gadgets ... But that's not nearly enough to carry a movie.

Solid review and I agree almost 100 percent