Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson – Zoolander 2, No Escape) is back, and this time he has to prove himself against the rookies, who are faster, modern, and train with technology, where numbers matter. A new rival emerges, in the form of Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer – The Lone Ranger).
Not wanting to retire, and fearing that he will no longer be number one, Lightning heads off to train at a new facility, helmed by by billionaire Mr. Sterling (Nathan Fillion – Guardians of the Galaxy, Monsters University), and with coach Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo – The Angry Birds Movie). It is these two, Lightning and Cruz, who drive the story, feeding off each other for strength, lessons, and with each others support to eventually find the paths they must take. Of course, it’s not always smooth sailing, and there are many obstacles, in many forms, thrown before them.
Cars 3 has returned somewhat to what worked with the first film, in this lucrative franchise, although this time with a lot less appeal for the older audience. So sorry parents, but it’s going to be a bit of a mission watching with the kids. While some of the message of the film might be a bit too deep for younger audiences, they’re sure to enjoy the very lively world created by Disney and the Pixar studio.
A heartwarming story, superb animation, but floundering in the middle when it comes to a target audience. Instead of aiming for both young and old, it seems to not be for either. Cars 3 is, however, of a very high production quality, so kids are sure to enjoy the few moments of humour, and all the flashy racing cars.
Cars 3 opens this Youth Day, 16 June 2017, in South African cinemas. A word of warning, to pick the cinema where you view the film. There are a few where framing is not correct, so vote with your feet, and see the film as it was meant to be viewed.