Turbo-charged mo­tors in high-oc­tane spy caper

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - By Da­mon Smith

IT HAD to hap­pen even­tu­ally. Dis­ney Pixar, the most con­sis­tently daz­zling an­i­ma­tion stu­dio, was al­ways go­ing to strug­gle to top the tear­ful ela­tion and misty-eyed farewells of Toy Story 3. Cars 2 falls short of that mod­ern mas­ter­piece, lack­ing suf­fi­cient heart­felt emo­tion un­der the bon­net to re­ally rev our en­gines in the way that we have come to ex­pect from the mer­cu­rial John Las­seter and his team. For any other stu­dio, this high-oc­tane spy caper would be a tri­umph, or­ches­trat­ing some deathde­fy­ing ac­tion se­quences that look even more star­tling in dig­i­tal 3D. And cer­tainly young au­di­ences will whoop with glee as tow truck Mater skids and screeches from one disas­ter to the next as the film’s turbo-charged char­ac­ters cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe in the first ever World Grand Prix. How­ever, com­pared to Dis­ney Pixar’s most re­cent fea­tures – Rata­touille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3 – Las­seter and Brad Lewis’ film lacks the pol­ish, which per­haps we’ve taken for granted. Light­ning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wil­son) re­turns home to Ra­di­a­tor Springs as the four-time cham­pion of the Pis­ton Cup. Best friend Mater (Larry The Cable Guy) wel­comes him back with open doors, as does girl­friend Sally Car­rera (Bon­nie Hunt). Ital­ian rac­ing car Francesco Bernoulli (John Tur­turro) goads Light­ning into par­tic­i­pat­ing in a newly an­nounced cham­pi­onship or­gan­ised by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Miles Axlerod (Ed­die Iz­zard), who will use the grand prix to show­case his state-of-the-art bio­fuel Alli­nol. How­ever, a group of rogue cars led by the di­a­bol­i­cal Pro­fes­sor Zun­dapp (Thomas Kretschmann) is plot­ting to sab­o­tage the three races in Ja­pan, Italy and the UK. Thank­fully, se­cret agent Finn McMis­sile (Michael Caine) and rookie field spy Hol­ley Shiftwell (Emily Mor­timer) are on the case, rop­ing in Mater, who they mis­tak­enly be­lieve to be an undercover Amer­i­can agent. “Finn McMis­sile, Bri­tish In­tel­li­gence” suavely purrs the gad­get-packed mo­tor. “Tow Mater, Av­er­age In­tel­li­gence,” cheer­fully replies the rusty side­kick. Cars 2 is a sweet and colour­ful yarn about be­ing true to your­self, as seen through the head­lights of Light­ning – who is em­bar­rassed by Mater’s so­cial faux pas and de­mands the tow truck puts him­self into a dif­fer­ent gear. “Why would you ask him to act like some­one else?” asks Hol­ley. Vi­su­als look spec­tac­u­lar and ac­tion se­quences have been

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