June 12, 2006

Pixar's Cars

Updated: My initial review may be have been a little harsh - it was better than most of the movies I saw this year, but, sorry, those Pixar jokers set the bar high; not my fault if they can't get over it.

I saw Cars this weekend. Surprised as I am to admit this, it was kind of dull. I liked it better the first time I saw it, when it was called Doc Hollywood (and even then, it wasn't that good :P).

kids loved it, so that's good - but usually, from Pixar at least, I expect some serious entertainment myself.

Not so much.

The characters were engaging (and engagingly performed), but the plot sort of ploddingly sauntered - ironic, given its a movie about speed - to its politically correct conclusion.

At a technical level, at least, it was stunning. Visually, it was as beyond "Toy Story" as "Toy Story" was beyond cel animation. The casual rightness of the road repair scenes, among others, was impressive - though I suspect that might not be evident to most until you watch your next "3D" film by way of comparison.


Anonymous said...

But it's not a movie about speed. Quite the opposite. It's a movie about slowing down. Appreciating the slow ("dull") things in life that you don't notice when rushing past on the Interstate. I for one thought it was refreshing to see a movie that wasn't the usual in-your-face fare. That was sort of the point of the movie, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. Perhaps you will like it better on DVD.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the film was dull for pixar... Infact it was a little too long. Although I must admit, I had very low expectations (not being a nascar fan).

We went with a ten-year-old, and she fidgeted through the last half of the movie.

The credit montage was the best part of the show.

Sree Kotay said...

Heh. Funny point about speed. Ironically, it was also a move about the "good old fashioned days" - like when cartoons were drawn by hand :P

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