789. Cars 3

Title: Cars 3
Director: Brian Fee
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 42m

“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he’ll need the help of Cruz Ramirez, an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, plus 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!”

Live blog

4:30 – Liking the rubbish comebacks that are basically “You are”.
6:46 – If Jackson is supposed to be the bad guy, they’re doing it wrong!
7:55 – “The racing world is changing.”
13:49 – Woah that’s some epic crash scenes (in a bad way!)
16:13 – Stickers doesn’t really work as a nickname when he’s all grey and stickerless.
19:05 – “It’s futile to resist change, man.” I forgot about the hippy van.
20:32 – That road’s lasted well.
22:02 – Ooh, that racing centre looks like the MTC.
24:32 – “You gave us a lot of good memories. Memories we’ll.. remember.”
30:03 – I want Cruz to train me!
31:50 – I could literally watch this training stuff all day long.
33:48 – It’s an intensely realistic simulator. “You are on fire.”
41:02 – “The beach ate me.”
46:46 – Demolition stuff is properly terrifying.
55:41 – “Numbers. Never. Lie.”
1:00:59 – The old track is gorgeous, looks like real life.
1:13:17 – Since when does Lightning have lights?
1:21:00 – Loving the Hamilton digital assistant. Need.
1:24:29 – “Crabs have gone night-night.”
1:31:59 – So good. All of it.

Conclusions

 

What I love most about Cars 3 is that it had absolutely NOTHING to do with Cars 2, barely referenced it and pretty much ignored that it ever happened. Instead, we’ve got what should have been the proper sequel – a story that continues the first, concentrates on racing, and delivers an important message: sometimes you need to know when it’s time to step back, and sometimes you need to keep fighting.

I loved Cruz, she had all the enthusiasm, sass and wit that you want from a companion, and I love that the story sort of followed the same path as the first film – older racer begrudgingly takes on a newcomer in an effort to beat the arrogant competition.

Just light-hearted fun which is exactly what the Cars series is and should always have been about.

Rating: 5/5.

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