Missed Pixar’s latest movie, Cars in the theatres last year, and had to resort to watching it on dvd.
It continues on the well-worn but pleasant trail blazed by previous movies: interesting cast of characters with quality voice acting, main storyline that concentrates on finding yourself and becoming true to friends, lots of intertextuality for adults and altogether excellent visuals.
Cars covers all these bases and remains a pleasant movie to watch – after all, anthropomorphized vehicles are not a subject that gets covered very often (and no, Transformers doesn’t really count).
But it’s not perfect, or even close. The issue of Providing Important Lessons seems a lot more prevalent than in previous Pixar productions, and that occasionally threatens to cross the borderline of annoyance.
That, obviously, is hardly criticism worth deduction of multiple stars. While the movie does not fire on all cylinders as previous Pixar fare has, it’s nonetheless a very enjoyable two hours.