Five years after the first one they came out with this! Things haven't changed all that much since the first in terms of animation or character, but we do get some new characters - like Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). Not to forget the main adversary Francesco Bernoulli, voiced by John Turturro. There's one more villain too. An interesting twist here is that the movie plays with two plots in parallel. Dual sense Cars 2. It's half the race but double the fun!
This time it's also a bit more about Mater than Lightning, and with Mater it's more spy stuff than anything else. Expect the unexpected with him, right? I was ready to review this as sub-par to the first since they took such a turn with the plot, but it was better than I remembered. They still have the pace just right, the wit, the animation, the message - even if's no longer on just a personal level it's still very much personal, and still great.
Involving more intricate and sinister schemes doesn't take away from the characters so much as it adds to it, and having the main message be in regard to the injustice between new and old cars (lemons, they're called) and renewable fuel is a fantastic message for a movie like this. They might turn an entire generation with just this one script! Scratch that: multiple generations. Maybe this is where the electric car trend really started!
I do miss Lightning as the main character a bit, but I appreciate the added action, and as it progresses I grow to like the new characters as well. I like the change. It's not flawless; streamlined to perfection like the first, but pretty damn close. The only question that clouds my mind is: whatever happened to Doc Hudson?
Allinall, btw: it sounds a lot like Olive Oil.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle