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Opinion of the Week (May. 1‒7, 2016)
Review: Cars (2006) <9>
Cars is close to the low end of Pixar's history of audience opinions, while for me, it's close to the middle. I especially love Pixar's style of anthropomorphizing automobiles into human-like characters. And it's not just cars, they have trucks, trains, helicopters, etc. The filmmakers also did a creative twist by putting eyes on the windshields where most people would have expected them to be on the headlights. This character concept has triggered a huge marketing franchise, bigger than I think it deserves, in which it's hard to imagine a halt ever coming of Cars toys and merchandise, along with the fact that it has a sequel, a second sequel on the way, two non-Pixar spinoffs (in Planes), and a series of Mater's Tall Tales shorts, all with varying degrees of quality, many of which seem to be created more for the quest for money and less for artistic merit, all before The Incredibles has gotten even one sequel. But being the Pixar fan that I am, it's hard for me to be pessimistic even in this movie's least strong elements. There are good characters, and though I'm not a big fan of Mater, he does represent the friendship theme okay. I think I'd say that the story about Lightning McQueen going through changes in his view of others as a result of his time in Radiator Springs is an important one. The interaction between him and Doc Hudson is meaningful. They disrespect each other at first, and when Doc's past is discovered, Lightning's new-found respect for him is automatic and unconditional, while Doc's respect for Lightning takes a longer time to develop. There is funny humor, especially during the credits. And as always, the animation as done by Pixar is top-notch and beautiful.
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