Pixar’s Cars 2 opens in theaters throughout the US today, and reviews are coming in fast and furious.
Of course, with the success of the original Cars, it’s always difficult to for a studio to recapture the magic of the original. Pixar did it with Toy Story 2, which received a 100% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes, and Toy Story 3, which has a 99% Tomatometer score. So far though, the Toy Story sequels are the only movies Pixar has done that have gone into sequels.
But Cars 2 is not going over so well, at least with the critics. So far, it has a Tomatometer score of 36%. The lowest a Pixar movie has ever scored there. The original cars has a score of 74%.
The movies revolves around race car Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, and Mater the tow truck, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy. The two unlikely friends head overseas in this flick. Lightening McQueen plans to compete in a first-of-it’s-kind World Grand Prix, in an effort to be recognized as the fastest car in the world. But Mater is distracted and torn after he gets involved in an international espionage mission planned by master spy Finn McMissle, voiced by Michael Caine, and his trainee, Holley Shiftwell, voiced by Emily Mortimer.
Jeremy Kirk, over at FirstShowing.net, is particularly blunt in his revew: “With Cars 2, Pixar has done the unthinkable. They’ve released a film that isn’t funny, is never engaging, and falls to pieces under its particularly hulking attempt at being an easy money grab.”
But Justin Chang, over at Variety.com, liked Cars 2, calling it “…a giddily escapist action-thriller that moves too swiftly and assuredly for the viewer to do anything but sit back and enjoy the ride.” He went on to say “Super-fast cars, cosmopolitan settings, sustainable energy — what’s not to love?”