Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Opinion

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

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Local reviews ‘Tomato Republic’

    On April 9, I had the privilege and pleasure of seeing the world premiere of The Tomato Republic, a documentary movie about the 2013 Jacksonville, Texas, mayoral election. The film was entered in the Dallas Film Festival within the Texas subjects division.

    April 15, 2014

  • Don’t do it yourself

    After years of fooling with just about every do-it-yourself project imaginable, I finally came to a startling conclusion. Just about everything I can do for myself, or think I can, somebody else can do for me faster and better and cheaper as well. Starting at an early age, I tried to learn every known skill in order to become independent. The heartache and frustration resulting from such a stubborn urge knew no bounds.

    April 5, 2014

  • When push comes to Shuve

    Ever been to Shuve, Louisiana? Don’t feel like you’re by yourself. Lots of folks have never even heard of it, much less been there.

    March 1, 2014

  • The spice of life: Some seasonings have benefits

    In the 15th century, Europe was in search of the spice of life.  For them, salt was not enough.  They also wanted cinnamon, pepper, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.  It was for spices that the Portuguese sailed around the southern tip of Africa to reach India.  During this time a pound of Ginger was equal in value to one live sheep.

    February 26, 2014

  • President’s Day celebrates leader who built country’s foundation

    This month we celebrate President's Day. George Washington, who is also known as the "Father of our Country,” is one that I admire the most.

    February 7, 2014

  • CVS tobacco decision gives hope

    Just as I was starting to think money ruled the world and everything in it, a national giant makes a move that will cost them $2 billion in annual revenue.

    February 6, 2014

  • The bra: Friend or foe?

    This is a nod to Women Inventors Month; not the best-known observance on the calendar, but worthy of recognition nevertheless.

    February 1, 2014

  • Chocolate and chilies contain vast health benefits

    February is a good month to talk about chocolate.  For most of us, chocolate means dessert, but it can also be an ingredient in savory dishes.  For example the flavorful mole sauce from the Mexican tradition is a different way to work in some healthy dark
    chocolate.

    January 29, 2014

  • Hard work and shining light on dark corners

    Newsrooms of today may not be like the image you have in your mind.
    There are no smoke-filled rooms with fast-talking reporters and editors hovered over desks arguing over the best angle to take on a breaking story.

    January 24, 2014

  • Thankful for chivalry of strangers

    From time to time, I remember to count my blessings, those moments of sweet grace knowing that The Big Guy always keeps an eye out for me by providing when I most need help.

    January 18, 2014