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July 4, 2006 / gus3

Movie Review: Cars

I spent a few bucks to see a movie last night, something I haven’t done in a couple years. I made a good choice in seeing Cars, a thoroughly American movie and quite possibly the best movie from Pixar in their 20-year existence.

Cars is very rich in its presentation, with treats for everyone and a humble sense of gratitude to the inhabitants of the cultures which provide the movie’s backdrop. The big towns, the small towns, the forgotten towns, all get a respectful tip of the hat, and a knowing wink.

The character of Tow Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) steals the show, as a kind-hearted but naive tow truck. The most off-color line in the whole movie was when someone mentioned the Piston Cup, and Tow Mater responded, "What did he do in his cup?" The action continues quickly after this line, providing the adults safe cover for some chuckles.

The first morning in Radiator Springs is greeted with Sarge’s flag waving in the breeze. This shot is either live action, or an incredibly realistic rendering.

Movie buffs will want to stay through the credits, to see the special dedication to the memory of Cars writer Joe Ranft, and the special thanks to the people who inspired the story and characters.

Score: 5/5

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