^I could buy the invisible car as a plausible gadget if the invisibility effect just worked on the skin of the car. Having it work on the tires and windows with equal effectiveness just made it a magical Star Trek cloaking device.
I'm a fan of the books who recognizes and appreciates that the films have become their own animal. But in the series' 21-film history, there's no shortage of lighter and larger-than-life fare. If a grittier, more realistic approach is working now, let's go with it while it lasts.