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Bill\’s Film Club

Yes, I saw Cars 2. In a cinema by the way – I really hate, loathe and detest watching movies on a TV or worse yet, on a teeny tiny screen on my laptop. I like sitting in the dark with other people and going for the immersive ride of a movie.
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No. 1 son (in order of birth) is a massive fan of animation movies (please don\’t call them cartoons…!) We have a family film club that\’s been running for a few years now where once a month, Bill chooses a film and we all go and watch it and talk about it afterwards.
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This month\’s movie was, of course, Cars 2. Cars 1 was a film club choice a year or two ago. If any other company than Disney/Pixar had made that one, you\’d say: pretty good, quite fun, ok. Since it was made by the major genius of animation, John Lasseter, I\’m afraid it wasn\’t ok. It was embarassing.
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Cars 2 had that to live down… And it did – starting with a wonderfully ridiculous slambang pastiche of a Bond movie opening, complete with Michael Caine as a blue Aston Martin. Then a daft race in Car World Tokyo, full of sly little visual witticisms like the vending machines full of parts and the compact cars with ribbons giggling like Japanese schoolgirls… Then a race in a generic Italian town, quick trip to Paris, then we hit London – and a London no Londoner has ever seen, with wide streets and hardly any traffic and… and…
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Is Lasseter perhaps apologising for the fact that the depressing eco-fable Wall-E somehow left out the rest of the world?
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The plot is daft. Lasseter, who is a famous petrolhead, is clearly torn between a wish for a clean eco-fuel and that deep abiding all-American love for gasoline. The cliches come quick and fast – though most of them are cleverly subverted. You can\’t help laughing at the silly cheek of the whole thing.
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Roll on Cars 3. In space? With dinosaurs? Pretty please?

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