I am going to be honest; I am not a big fan of animated movies. If I am in a situation where I don’t have a choice, I will watch them, but otherwise the cutesy world of animation does not appeal to me. There is an exception to this rule though: CARS.
I have watched the first movie, and last week I just had to watch the second one, CARS 2. If you are in any way a car enthusiast, how can you not be interested in it?
The main challenge during the movie is obviously recognising and naming as many cars as possible. It can get tricky, because the filmmakers use a wide range of vehicles including American, European and Japanese cars. It is also visible throughout the movie that these guys are informed about the automotive industry and are enthusiasts themselves.
It is also interesting to note the influence from other movies. At the beginning there is a strong James Bond theme with one of the main characters being able to spill oil from the rear of the car.
Later on you can’t help but chuckle as part of the film is based in Japan where a quick scene shows cars taking part in a sumo wrestling match – Porsche fans might find it a little unsettling though, since the 996 Porsche 911 Carrera is a girl!
Other clever bits that stood out for me was the original Citroën DS canoodling with a Citroën 2CV in Paris. How appropriate. Moving on to London, the clock at the top of the Clock Tower at Westminster Palace isn’t called Big Ben, but Big Bentley.
If you are at all interested in cars, don’t miss this movie.