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December 11, 2006


Lightning McQueen (a red car) plays the part of Michael J. Fox in what looks to me very much like an animated remake of the the old romantic comedy Doc Hollywood - but it's not anywhere near as charming or funny.

McQueen is a talking car, all speaking parts in this film are cars and trucks. He is very arrogant, don't forget that. On a trip across America for a very important race, he gets lost and winds up in a backwater town. He accidently ploughs up the main street, and is sentenced by a judge to stay there until he has fixed it.

While in town, he gets to know the characters who live there, and gradually loses his bad manners and becomes a more rounded individual - falling in love with a beautiful Porsche.

On the surface, it's a normal plot, and it should work as a film. But in the beginning McQueen is just too annoying, and it takes him far too long to get any better. By the time he has found his conscience, you don't really care any more.

The animation is to a very high standard, and some of the natural scenes look just like video, but who cares if there aren't any good jokes. Maybe I was expecting too much, and kids definitely like it, but it's not a film that is for adults too (like Toy Story, or The Incredibles), which is a shame.

Posted by se71 at December 11, 2006 04:19 PM


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