For March 19th- Cars 2

I have always been a firm believer in the consistent quality of films produced by Pixar, so I was a little surprised when I initially heard mixed reviews about Cars 2.  It isn’t necessarily that I think that Pixar is incapable of making movies that may be of questionable quality, it is merely that I don’t want them to be.

Pixar is certainly one of a number of media companies that I feel this way about, always hoping for them to keep making wonderful products without error.

Sadly, everything doesn’t come out in the wash for this attempt, and I’m left feeling disappointed.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

While the plot isn’t really that inspired, especially when put in comparison with other Pixar movies.  The writing almost makes up for this, but it isn’t quite enough.

Acting: 1.5/2

Good voice acting all around, with all the original characters returning, plus a few new ones.  While the role sizes differ from the first, it’s good that they got the same talent.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Okay photography of widely varying sets and locales.  Not much to say here other than that they know their stuff.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Pixar is constantly trying new things in each new movie.  Whether it’s a smoother framerate or new lighting effects, they are always mixing things up and making sure to stay fresh in this department.

Misc: 1/2

Feels a little too cookie-cutter to be completely enjoyed.  It was good the see the shift in the central protagonist, but the story was just a little too flimsy at all the wrong times, even  if the jokes were good.

VERDICT: 7/10

Obviously good for kids and families.  College and high school young people, however, may be disappointed.

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