Monday, June 26, 2017

Cars 3 - Movie Review

Genre: Animated, Comedy

Director: Brian Fee

Starring: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

Synopsis: Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Cars when it first came out in 2006. Pixar had been on a roll with their movies (Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles). Their animation was unbelievable and had a reputation for being above and beyond what other studios were doing. Pixar has been and continues to be known for coming up with creative, new ideas that other animation studios would never imagine. Then Pixar started making sequels, with Cars 2 being one of the first of their "tests". I did not enjoy Cars 2 all that much and it was for this reason that I was very hesitant about Cars 3. I just didn't feel like another sequel was necessary and I couldn't figure out where Pixar was going to go with the story. 

With that being said, I was very pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Cars 3. I have no idea if Pixar is planning other Cars movies or if this was intended to be the finale, but I would love for this to be the end of that story. I thought that Lightning McQueen's story came full circle and set up for "the end" in a perfect manner. Cars 3 presented real life problems in such a relatable manner. Lightning is essentially having a mid-life crisis and he needs to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. While animated movies are usually intended for children (although Pixar is SO good at creating stories that appeal to a variety of ages), this movie felt like it was more written for the older audience that grew up with the Cars franchise. And this all worked for me! The introduction of new characters (particulary Cruz Ramirez) while pushing some of the more familiar characters to the background (i.e., Mater and the whole Radiator Springs gang) allowed the story to breathe new life into the Cars franchise and ultimately conclude Lightning's story in a believable and admirable way.

Overall, I enjoyed my time watching Cars 3 very much. The animation was stunning and felt realistic and almost life like. The jokes and the overall story was tight and very well written (I noticed no plot holes - I mean you have to accept that no humans exists in this world and that things work a little differently, but otherwise nothing felt out of place). I had lower expectations for this movie because of my feelings about Cars 2, but I never doubted Pixar's ability to reel me back in. The Pixar company is one that I have been following since the beginning and they have provided the world with some of the greatest content of all time. It makes me so happy to know that they brought the Cars franchise back around and that fans can finally love these movies again. If this were to be the end of Lightning McQueens story, I would be more than satisfied.

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