Cars 3 (2017)

Cars 3
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Released:  14 July 2017  
Length:  109 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Family
Certificate: U


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Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

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Go on The Road with Disney's Cars 3 at The Car's Road Show Event  03/04/2017 08:27 EDT
Off To The Races!Sunday is always the best day to enjoy a bit of car racing, whether it's NASCAR, Indy…..or hanging with our favorite Cars personalities Lightning McQueen and gang which is what we got to do today in Miami. If you haven't seen any teasers or posters in your local theater, Disney and Pixar are releasing the 3rd installment of their popular franchise, aptly named "Cars 3", due in the...  More>>

Cars 3 Theatrical Review

From the minute we met Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson; Wedding Crashers) in Cars, we, as an audience, were enchanted.  He was the self-assured, confident race car with a little bit of cockiness thrown in - but hey, what else can you expect from the best.  When he loses his way and finds himself in a small town, he learns humility from a ragtag group of motor vehicles who take him in.  That same group helped him and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy; Blue Collar TV) when Mater got caught up in international espionage in Cars 2 and now they are back for the third installment of the popular series.

When we rejoin the gang, Lightning is on the racing circuit and having a great year.  Once the young, hotshot rookie, he has become the elder statesman of the sport on top of his game. Suddenly a new, younger model named Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer; The Man from U.N.C.L.E) comes from behind to surprise Lightning and his fellow racers and upends the sport of car racing.  With his new aerodynamic design and updated technology, Jackson storm can achieve speeds Lightning McQueen could only ever dream of.

Suddenly, Lightning's competitors start retiring and he sees himself coming in later and later at the finish line as Jackson Storm leads a new generation of racing cars to victory.  Pressured to retire Lightning pushes himself too far and ends up crashing at the last race of the season.  He must then decide if he is going to come back and face these faster cars or quit.  He ultimately goes on a journey with his "trainer" Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo; The Angry Birds Movie) to regain his glory and try to win again.  Spurred on by the deal he makes with his new owner, Sterling (Nathan Fillion; Castle), Lightning must push himself farther than ever or retire forever.

Back are all the characters we loved from the first two films, though Mater has a lesser role this time around.  The cast does a fine job with what they have to work with but sadly that isn't all that much.  Wilson is the Lightning we remembered and the flashback scenes with Doc Hudson are enjoyable.  Alonzo doesn't quite make the grade as I didn't feel she was emotive enough but Fillion was an excellent, if not a predictable, choice to play Sterling.

The animation is up to the high Pixar standard and the quality is excellent but the 3D isn't anything special and could probably be skipped. The soundtrack by veteran composer Randy Newman (Toy Story) was disappointing and distracting.  Gone is the Rascal Flats version of the upbeat "Life is a Highway" only to be replaced by less distinct songs and at one point I even felt as though I was listening to a snippet of the Star Wars soundtrack.  

The film drags at points and doesn't bring the same smile or level of humor from the original.  The state of the art sequences kind of reminded me of the waiting area for test track at Epcot and, while it's cool to look at, it isn't necessarily new if you've been on the ride.   Of course, the ending is cliche and can keep the door open for another film in the series but I'm hoping they will let Lightning McQueen (Spoiler alert!) retire in peace.

Better than the second film but not as good as the first, Cars 3 is still an uplifting story that will probably resonate with little kids.  It also gives us a new, female racecar to emulate in what is clearly the year of the female. 

I think its time Lightning takes his last victory lap and call it a night.

Grade C


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Awesome love it
01/07/2017 17:13 EDT

Starting my day of movies. Seeing 4 today.
01/07/2017 10:54 EDT

I love that movie
29/06/2017 16:47 EDT

This Movie Has Got The Actual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sport Feeling and its A Movie To Go To
16/06/2017 23:36 EDT

I loved the original Cars movie, it had a good storyline, loved the town of Radiator Spring and Mater
08/06/2017 18:18 EDT

loved the original Cars movie, it had a good storyline and the town of Radiator Springs brought it all together. My most favorite character is ‬, he is so clueless and kind that you have to love him.
08/06/2017 18:05 EDT

I loved the first film w the original cars. They were so cute and it was entertaining and .
08/06/2017 15:18 EDT

Loved the detail of Radiator Springs which helped make it come to life. and
08/06/2017 15:09 EDT

Can't not wait
01/06/2017 10:49 EDT

can't wait
29/01/2017 18:03 EDT

Bring Me More Of Owen Wilson
10/03/2016 20:33 EDT