The sequel continues the adventures of ace racer Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), supported by tow truck Mater (“Larry the Cable Guy”) as they get caught up in a James-Bond-style conspiracy plot. Mater actually does most of the heavy lifting (so to speak) plotwise, as superspies Finn McMissle (Michael Caine) and Holly Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) mistake him for an American agent with a really good cover ID. I won’t give away other plot points, since there is one pretty good surprise in it, but suffice to say it’s a very well done homage to the Bond canon. A lot of the extra fun comes of course from the “in” car jokes, and I surprised myself remembering that “Whitworth bolts” were a real thing (perhaps because my dad had a Ford Anglia—a 40’s vintage English Ford—when I was a child, and I remember the “discussion” about them then--), and the “Cars”-translated foreign landscapes where the action takes place. (The end credits are worth sitting through just for that.)
Recommended for all ages, although the action scenes may be intense for the very young.
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