Cars: Movie Review
"Cars", the latest Pixar-Disney collaborative effort, has raced its way into the hearts of American moviegoers. This movie sports a good screenplay, cutting edge c.g.i. graphics, appropriately selected music, and great character development. All of these elements work together and set the stage for a story that revolves around Lead character “Lightening McQueen” (a take-off on Steve McQueen?) and his unexpected trip of misadventure…
This film follows the activities of inanimate objects (cars) that have been brought to life (animated) with a personality all their own. Pixar and crew have indeed done wonders in transforming cartoon like cars into memorable characters that almost jump off the big screen with charm and warmth.
Shiny red (and immensely popular) Lightening McQueen runs headlong into unexpected adversity, detours and delays. Eventually, Lightening is challenged to find a way out of a tough spot (encountered during an unexpected delay in a little town called Radiator Springs) and make it to his ultimate destination…
McQueen believes that he is the “race-car champion heir-apparent”, and must prove so in a one final race against his biggest competitors.
Roadblocks, Detours and Blessings in Disguise...
As he struggles to get back on top of things, McQueen has time (for the first time in a long time) to think about where he is going, and the sort of car (guy) he has become. He begins to understand that for most of his life he has only had time for himself (hence, he does not have many friends).
One of the most memorable characters in the movie is “Doc Hudson”, a still sporty racing car champion of yesteryear. The voice of Paul Newman fits this character so well – expressing the spark of life that this old racecar still has within. Hudson is a sort of life-coach for Lightning, and provides some fatherly advice and training that prove to be invaluable as McQueen struggles to get back into the race.
In addition to Newman, the film benefits from talented actors who also lend their recognizable voices, including Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Jennifer Lewis, George Carlin, Michael Keaton, and many more. Each of these talented actors and actresses add a depth of personality that help to make the cars come to life and leap off of the screen – and right into the viewers heart.
The movie comes alive with the incredible computer generated imagery. The visual screen scape produced by the animation skills from Pixar Studios (part of a Pixar-Disney marketing deal) helps to make “Cars” a fun-ride-must-see movie for all age groups.
This film is enjoying strong positive word-of-mouth advertising (the best kind), and many who view the movie at the theater will also want to purchase a copy of the DVD when released, as this one is truly a keeper!
The Story of A True Champion!
Many of us can relate to McQueen (and Hudson) in regard to getting tripped up and way off course. All of us have a hope that somehow we can get back on the right track – and reach our destination. The pitfalls, detours and delays that Lightening McQueen encounter eventually bring rewards that are totally unexpected – but extremely valuable. If I said anything else it would spoil the story. Check out this winning movie – and enjoy the story of a true champion.