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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Review of Cars

Quality animated films, much like ogres, are like onions. They have layers. They also have witty dialogue and an absorbing storyline. It is this evolution in the writing of animated films, primarily spearheaded by Pixar, that has drawn a big adult audience to them in the last few years. Which is why Pixar's Cars was disappointing. It just didn't do anything for me. The storyline was meandering and boring, had an overdose of sentimotionality, and it just wasn't funny enough.

Mater, voiced by Larry The Cable Guy is funny of course, but not memorably enough. In fact the only moment which I found hilarious in the film was a small part of the scene when Lightning McQueen is about to race Doc Hudson. The two Italian mechanic cars turn up with Ferrari flags and penants, much like the fanatic tifosi. And the bit towards the end where Michael Schumacher makes a guest appearance tickled too. But other than that the movie was a big drag.

Does not stand a chance against Happy Feet and Over The Hedge at the Oscars. But then again, we live in the post-Reese-Witherspoon-winning-Best-Actress-Oscar era. So anything is possible.

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