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Movie Review: Cars

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family and Animation

Starring (voice only): Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Petty, Cheech Marin

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

Produced by: Darla Anderson, Thomas Porter

CARS - the movie

Pixar’s added yet another winner to its impressive string of movie hits with CARS – an emotionally engaging, vibrant and entertaining trip of the car racing lane. I think, it were the stunning graphics and the amazing voice cast that infused these adorable cars with real personalities and set the movie apart frm the recent slew of cray animated movies.

In the beginning, I must confess that I was a bit apprehensive about this movie… premise of cars didn’t sound that interesting with me not being a big fan of animation. Eventually the interesting voice cast seen in the trailers and also having had no movie alternative at that point in time helped me let out the trepidation and watch the screening. And trust me, it was an awesome experience (although the company one has to watch a movie also counts a lot) and one doesn’t need to be a racing freak (although I am one) to get into thihs nifty little feel-good film.

CARS follows the Lightning McQueen – a rookie racing sensation whose life in the fast lane has left him little time for pals. And when he’s on his way to possibly the most important race of his life, Lightning McQueen runs into some trouble with the law and finds himself forced to spend time in Radiator Springs, a tiny town located off the legendary Route 66. Life in Radiator Springs moves at a much slower pace than Lightning McQueen’s used to, and the citizens have nothing better to do with their time than to watch Lightning McQueen lay down blacktop and offer unsolicited advice on life. Among the cars who inhabit Radiator Springs are a Hudson Hornet named Doc Hudson, a pretty little Porsche, and a couple of Italian racing enthusiasts. Not to forget is Mater – the Tow Truck who considers himself to be Lightning McQueen’s best friend.

Every voice and every character fits in so well… from the tractor tripping to the actual race to the miniature Beetles flitting around windows like flies (woooh, I hadn’t noticed that until my frend pointed it out)… this movie just doesn’t hit a bump in the road. Even the soundtrack’s really catchy!!! Another important feature of this movie has been the creation of a totally make-believe land of cars with no human in sight. The cars drive themselves, man gas stations and restaurants and even handle jobs as news reporters. In short, it turns out to be an incredibly sweet film bound to be one of those movies kids and adults alike love to watch over and over.

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  1. March 11, 2008 at 12:34 am

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