Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 27, 2011

Potato heads review Cars 2

JACKSONVILLE — Editor’s note: A Jacksonville resident has been reviewing movies for friends for several years and has offered to share his thoughts with Daily Progress readers. His reviews come in personal letters to his nicknamed friend, Spud Nut. Our reviewer is Tater Tot, so consequently, the movies get ratings based on potatoes.

Spud Nut,

Cars 2 in Disney 3-D (rated G, 113 minutes) was made by the award winning Pixar studio, which means a movie full of exquisite graphics and superb attention to detail in all the screen visuals.  Pixar also usually means good story lines and character presentations.  The vast array of car models and clever automotive themes are, once again, truly creative.  I liked how the rusty tow truck, Mater, becomes the lead character in a James Bond type secret spy adventure.  There is an exciting European Gran Prix race that determines if alternative fuels will replace oil in the world’s economy.  Yet, despite all of these script devices, the tale is not nearly as interesting as are the characters and the drawings.  Keep in mind that 3-D movies have darker illumination than the standard 2-D projections when you decide which version of this film you go to see.  This feature is at least a two and one-half potato delight, and some viewers might rate it even higher.

Tater Tot

Tater Tot,

Yes, CARS 2 is a visual delight.  The backgrounds alone are worth the price of admission.  Mountains, monuments and buildings all have automotive themes.  Even the Sphinx is a car.  The characters have real depth, and that’s not just the 3D.  When they move this action to the World stage, the number of characters  and the complexity of the action increases.  Like any memorable kid’s flick, this one is full of plot elements and even visual gags that are aimed at the adults in the audience.  The main characters are lovable, for sure.  I thought Mater was the most interesting of the cars from the first flick.  I guess the producers did, too, so they built the story around him.  One caution, never go to a kid’s movie on a Friday night.  The theater was packed with talking and sometimes screaming kids!  What a distraction!  Anyway, I’d say walk fast to see this well-drawn romp.

See you at the concession stand,

Spud Nut

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