Viewed – 15 August 2009 Blu-ray
Well what can I say about this much underrated, commercial miss-step for Pixar? Up to this point, and it has to be said since, the famed Disney studio has not missed a beat. So it seems a shame that this particular entry seems destined to be their only flop. That is probably the only reason I hesitated so so long.
The story goes like this: A cock-sure race car with an over-inflated ego dreams of being a champ and winning the famed Piston Cup. Lightening McQueen’s dreams seem just about to come true, until one evening on-route to his final race against his toughest rivals, an accident causes him to end up in a sleepy, forgotten town run by likable cars dreaming of their own glory days. In this plucky race car they see a chance to clean up their old town, but will the Lightening change his arrogant ways and learn to care about someone other than himself?
It’s certainly a good concept, with the setting of a world where everyone is some sort of vehicle, with no humans in site. A gamble too having Lightening McQueen portrayed so unfavourably at first, even though this eventually pays off. I say eventually, because boy … does this film drag. With far too much time spent with a bunch of towns folk that aren’t quite as quirky as I’m sure the director wished they were. I felt in the middle of the film, we could have lost ten or twenty minutes and not noticed. On a visual level though this is (as expected) a tour-de-force, with every frame and every gleam of shiny body work jumping out of the screen. Also on a decent sound set up, the car revs and some great sound effects really impress. At the end of the day though, this is a film that perhaps had a bigger concept than the rather simple story required … still remains one too see for sure … but perhaps on a back burner compared to the other Pixar masterpieces.
Verdict: 3 /5