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Saturday, June 10, 2006

At the Movies: Cars

Written by Robert L. Baird, Dan Fogelman, Dan Gerson, John Lasseter, Phil Lorin, and Kiel Murray, based on a story by Jorgen Klubien and Joe Ranft
Directed by John Lasseter

Wow, who would ever have thought that George Carlin and Larry the Cable Guy would be in the same movie? And for that matter, who would ever have thought that I'd actually be hailing something featuring Larry the Cable Guy as a masterpiece? Yet another Pixar instant classic, Cars features a roster of A-list talents that, besides Carlin and Larry, includes Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, John Ratzenberger and, perhaps most awesomely, Jeremy Piven in a brief turn as an Ari Gold-like agent for Wilson's Lightning McQueen. While it is true that Cars is a tad more predictable than most of Pixar's ventures, it's in the execution that lies its mastery. Director John Lasseter and the rest of his animation crew have crafted a truly amazing-looking environment populated with dazzling characters; the individual mechanics and expressions of each car are stunning. And while it's true you can pretty much tell where the simplistic plot's going to go from the beginning, the screenplay creates a cast of loveable and believable characters with real emotional depth, plus a nostalgic yearning for the classic Americana of yesteryear that lends the film its real heart. And, as always, Pixar's cleverness and wit abound. This is a truly great movie, and easily the most entertaining film of the year thus far. Also, make sure to stay for the credits. You'll be glad you did. A+


Blogger Will Penley said...

Nice review, dude. I'm seeing it soon.

11:07 PM  

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