2017-06-14

Cars 3

by Justin Johnson

Cars 3 gets back to the roots, focusing on a new and engaging racing story where Lightning McQueen suddenly finds himself surrounded by updated models.  Lots of jokes abound about being outdated and old fashioned but don’t mistake this one to be comedy, at its heart is a story about

perseverance, friendship, and aging gracefully.  Never to disappoint, Pixar continues to deliver amazing quality that gives their animation added depth and enjoyment.  This includes the short at the start of the movie titled Lou.  The jury is still out but this could easily be one of my favorite shorts eliciting both joy and sadness as many of the shorts do.  It’s a very suitable short for the start of Cars 3.

We are introduced to some new characters in our third outing and unfortunately a few tried and true characters take a backseat as a result – poor old Mater…  (Seriously, if they do a Cars 4, it better be a Mater back story!  How he ended up the rust bucket best friend of Lightning and what not.)  There are some genuine moments with the new characters but the real magic starts to happen as Lightning visits his old coach’s stomping ground and meets many of the race cars of old.  Here he finds his inspiration to make the right decision concerning his future and the future of his new friend Crus Ramirez who starts as his coach and becomes something more.

With new friendships, new rivals, and a heart of gold racing story – Cars 3 delivers a worthy outing to the theater this summer.  If you are a fan of the original go enjoy a worthy addition to the Cars franchise this summer.

5 out of 7 – With new friendships, new rivals, and a heart of gold racing story – Cars 3 delivers a worthy outing to the theater this summer.  If you are a fan of the original go enjoy a worthy addition to the Cars franchise this summer. Mild innuendo and few thematic elements keep this PG, but it is very suitable for younger audiences.