Film review by Steve Duffy –
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 will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), 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 the Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Growing up and getting older is the theme of the movie and at the press screening that was very evident. The theatre was full of fans of the franchise of all ages.
I do love that Cars 3 offers a lot of flashbacks of Paul Newman’s old roadster Doc Hudson. There are a few new voices – Cristela Alonzo as Cruz, Chris Cooper as Smokey, Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm, and Kerry Washington as Natalie Certain.
Your favorite cars (Mater, Guido, Flo, and Sally) have also returned, but are not given that much screen time.
The short before the film entitled “Lou” is about a lost-and-found box that teaches a lesson in schoolyard bullying.
Cars 3 is definitely an improvement over Cars 2, but still a movie that wasn’t needed. Younger fans will love the bright color and fast cars, but adults may be a little bored.
Runtime: 109 minutes