"rewatchable, family friendly film with incredible heart and the strong message of never give up no matter the odds"
Cars 3 has been met with some positive and negative reviews, it currently sits at 68% on popular aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and whilst my review is going to add to the positive pile, I will acknowledge one thing and that is that this film is by far superior to its predecessor that saw Mater on a Spy adventure, placing it on par with the first entry in the Cars franchise.
So we open to the familiar sight of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he competes in race after race, seeing his friends retire one after the other, he engages in a new rivalry with Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) a younger, faster, leaner car that has been making a name for himself as he climbs the ranks.
Disaster strikes when in what looks to be his last race, Lightning McQueen blows out a tire leaving him out of the race, we then see him striped down to his primer before he is ready to get back into the sport he loves.
What follows is a redemption story that is akin to the popular tropes of sports films such as the Rocky franchise which sees McQueen train to get back to his former glory.
One of my favourite sequences in Cars 3 was the Thunder Hollow sequence that sees McQueen and his trainer Cruz Ramirez take part in a demolition derby.
At the end of the day, Cars 3 isn’t breaking new ground, but what it is is a fun, rewatchable, family friendly film with incredible heart and the strong message of never give up no matter the odds.
I thoroughly enjoyed Cars 3 and I’d welcome a follow up, kudos to Brian Fee and his creative team.