Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
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Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen 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 with her own plan to win, 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! Written by
Little to no references are made to the events of Cars 2 (2011). The only parts to carry over, include Doc Hudson's death, his medical office being converted into a museum, Lightning McQueen's newly installed headlights, the cameo of Jeff Gorvette, a picture of Miles Axlerod in Sterling's office, and a television screen showing John and Nancy, the two cars in Paris, kissing. See more »
At Thunder Hollow, Cruz (under the name Frances Beltline) has the number #20 sprayed on her right side. When we see her during the talk with Smokey and the other veterans, it is now on her right side. Later she has it spray-painted on both sides when practicing with McQueen (in order to substitute for Jackson Storm, who's racing number is also #20) but this is after McQueen talks to Smokey. See more »
I've never been so bored in a movie theater before
I went to see Cars 3 with my younger sister and, as a long-time Pixar fan, I guess I have to finally face the music: Pixar movies are simply not as good as before anymore. The first installment of Cars, even though not as beloved as some of the studio's other efforts, was a heartfelt and entertaining story for kids and adults alike. This, on the other hand, was an incoherent mess with so much boring and unnecessary dialogue it makes your head hurt after leaving the theater (but you're still happy it's all over)
The movie kicks off with something I bet most kids won't even understand: Lightning McQueen is old. Yup, right. Even though he looks and sounds exactly the same, we have to accept he's old and can't compete against modern, shiny race cars. Now I don't think that's a good premise for a kids' movie, but it could give us adults something to chew on, right?
Well, no. Apparently what we have to do is spend our time observing race simulators and a whole bunch of absolutely indistinguishable secondary characters telling McQueen what to do in his situation, with some race scenes thrown into the mix to keep us awake (although it had a reverse effect on me). One of them (the Thunder Hollow Speedway) was particularly messy and disturbing. It left my sister bewildered and constantly asking why are these cars so evil and why they want to kill each other.
Oh, and about an hour into the movie we understand that Cruz, an annoying yellowish "coach" car who apparently doesn't know how to race at all, is a main character, too, and the story isn't even about McQueen proving he still got it, but about this new car, who isn't even a race car at all, magically defeating all those big bad new racers simply because girl power. Well, I'm a girl and I'm not impressed.
Boring story, boring characters, and an ending that defies logic even in the world of sentient vehicles; I'm pretty sure that's the end of Cars franchise, and despite fond memories of the first movie, all I have to say is good riddance.
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