2.5 stars out of 5 (decent, but nothing special)
The creators of two very good movies, “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” are back, as they bring us “Cars,” a movie where cars rule and humans don’t even exist!
Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is a hot rod race car who is in a big race that will determine if he, Chick “Thunder” Hicks (voiced by Michael Keaton) or The King will win the Piston Cup. Lightning doesn’t start out so well, but when he catches up, there is nothing stopping him. When he bumps into one of the other racers, he flies up in the air and sticks his tongue out like Michael Jordan when he played for the Chicago Bulls. It is a close finish, so close in fact that all three cars tie for first place and force a playoff race in California.
On the way to the race, Mack the truck, who is transporting Lightning, falls asleep, and Lightning falls out the back. The happily snoozing Lightning doesn’t notice what’s happened until another car’s lights wake him up. He then unsuccessfully tries to wake up Mack and because Lightning has no lights, he has no idea where he is going and starts speeding. When he wakes up in a car jail in a town called Radiator Springs, he meets Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), a bucktoothed tow truck with a sense of humor, who quickly becomes Lightning’s best friend. Mater briefly explains to Lightning where he is and when he will go to court where the judge, Doc Hudson, will decide if he will stay in jail or leave. In court, Lightning meets Sally, (Bonnie Hunt) a blue Porsche. With a little encouragement from Sally, Doc Hudson decides that Lightning will not go to jail, but fix the road that leads to the town, then leave if he wants to.
One of the things that I liked about this movie was that it was really funny. For example, in one scene Mater takes Lightning to a farm in the middle of the night and they do some Tractor Tipping-where you sneak up on a tractor and honk your horn at them and they tip over and toot at you. I also liked that it had a good plot and it had good voice talents. What I didn’t like about it was that it was slow in some parts and that all the other Pixar movies I’ve seen were a lot better.
But test drive it for yourself! Will Lightning make it to the race? Will Thunder win it? Get in your Mini-van and find out!
Rated G for Get up and go see it!