I may be the only person in the world who feels this way, but I actually like "Cars 2" a little more than the original. While the story is a lot simpler, I found it to be much more entertaining.
I thought that this film had some genuinely funny moments. There is some potty humor in it, but those aren't the funny parts. What I think works in this film is that they chose to focus on the funniest part of the original, Mater. As such, much of the humor in the film is the "stupid comedy" associated with the character, which I find to be rather enjoyable. The conflict does go over-the-top at times, though. The emotional moments in the film are definitely forced too, however, by the end of the first film, the characters were well-developed enough that I cared for them in this one.
The animation and world-building in this film is still excellent, as would be expected. What really impressed me were some of the action sequences. The film manages to do a really good job parodying spy films, especially their excessive, flamboyant car chases. Yet, the film also manages to continue the quality of its homages to racing and the quality of that aspect.
Overall, "Cars 2" isn't as good of a film as its predecessor, but it is definitely a lot more enjoyable, at least to me. So even though it isn't my favorite Disney franchise, I still have interest in seeing what they have to offer in the new installment.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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