Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.
Cars 3 is the third entry in the popular Cars franchise. Popular for some reason I guess. I do enjoy the first Cars film as I saw it while I was young and I still like it. However, Cars two is a totally different story. What were they thinking? A spy movie with a tow truck voiced by Larry the Cable Guy?! Whatever, I don’t want to talk about it. Cars 3 takes the franchise back to its beginnings, but it just never catches up to the charm that the original had.
Cars 3 is like Pixar’s handwritten apology for everything that people hated about Cars 2. There is substantially less Mater which was probably the biggest complaint anyone has with that movie. He’s in a few scenes but he is generally a background character. They also inject a new fresh face that is easy to get behind in in McQueen’s new “technician.” She’s probably my favorite part of the movie and injected a new energy into the movie that made it a lot better. Cars 2 had absolutely no new memorable characters. Lightning McQueen is also one of the dullest characters in Pixar’s universe, so having Cruz around helps his character as well. McQueen does receive a substantial amount of depth towards the end of the film as well which made me happy to see his character finally have some weight behind him.
The first half of Cars 3 isn’t great. It’s boring and almost lifeless. I was starting to think that the entire movie would be this way but the last half is the opposite. It’s actually a pretty good time. For as much as the first half dragged on and felt choppy. The second half was smooth sailing and made for a pretty enjoyable film.
While Cars 3 tries to bring back everything good about the first film it ultimately just spins its tires.