So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.

Starring: Owen Wilson (MASTERMINDS [2016] and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS [2011]), Bonnie Hunt (ZOOTOPIA [2016], JUMANJI [1995], and the upcoming TOY STORY 4 [2019]), and Larry the Cable Guy (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). In support: Nathan Fillion (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Chris Cooper (LIVE BY NIGHT [2016]), Armie Hammer (FREE FIRE [2017] and THE BIRTH OF A NATION [2016]), Kerry Washington (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), and Lea DeLaria (TV show ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Directing: Brian Fee, making his directorial debut. Writing: Kiel Murray (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Bob Peterson (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), and Mike Rich (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Composing: Randy Newman (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of, and the upcoming TOY STORY 4)

This is my honest opinion of: CARS 3

 

(SUMMARY)

Lightning McQueen (Wilson) is still as popular as ever and still considered a champion after all these years. But then a harsh reality settles in when a rookie racer named Jackson Storm (Hammer) starts surpassing him in speed and starts winning the races. Sadly, he’s also a jerk to Lightning and eventually, Lightning’s inability to keep up causes him to spin out of control and he experiences a horrible crash. Though out of the game for a few months, Lightning is determined to decide for himself when he quits, not the voiced of those who think he should. After signing on to a new sponsor, headed by Sterling (Fillion), promising to train him to the point of being just as fast as Storm, with the help of the young and eager trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), whose training methods frustrate Lightning as a big race approaches that will determine his staying power in the sport of racing.

(REVIEW)

It’s surprisingly better than I thought, but… yeah, it’s still just okay. I admit that there is a certain level of poetry to see a career and proud racer learning to accept his age and growing increasingly aware that his time may be coming to an end, but wanting to end on his own terms, not because others are telling him too. It can be surprisingly brutal, so when McQueen is determined to prove his worth, it is pretty easy to get sucked in to his story. Sadly though, the movie is mired in predictability and a ton of lame and unfunny jokes. The moment a certain plot point crops up, you know exactly where the story is going to go. Even though it’s handled well, the rest of the movie getting to that point simply feels like filler. By no means bad, it’s still not consistently written well like Pixar’s previous work. While being the most memorable and poignant of the Cars films, it’s still not up there with Pixar’s greats.

My honest rating for CARS 3: 3/5

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