cars 3 – there’s some tread left

Cars 3 is the third installment in the Cars film franchise. Lightning McQueen has to deal with the new breed of racers and where he fits into the racing circuit. This film is directed by Brian Fee (he was a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2), it’s written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich with a story Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell, Jonathan E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria.

The good; McQueen’s character journey is revitalized. Likening it to the Rocky franchise, McQueen who’s the Piston Cup Champ has to be brought down to rise up again. The first two acts really build and serve the third act. Very impressed that Cars and Cars 3 are McQueen’s movies, yet they’re their own movies.

The racing sequences look outstanding. In a world where cars have mouths and eyes, those racing moments are very dynamic and it’s easy to forget that they have mouths and eyes. Those scenes really bring you into the driver’s seat as they hug the turns and hit the gas. To compliment the stunning visuals, the sound design is equally impressive. It’s one of those things that you don’t notice cause it’s done so well, but you would notice if it wasn’t there. This goes to the break neck racing scenes, but also the regular scenes, hearing the tires roll across the asphalt and the gravel is a great touch.

The bad; kids will be at this movie. If your kid is violently coughing, don’t wait till half way through the movie to leave. Bad parents… bad parents. The theatre is not your babysitter.

Overall, very enjoyable. The short Lou before the movie is wonderful as well. There’s a scene in the trailer that shows Lightning crashing, my initial thoughts were, “wow that’s dark, but beautiful (in the looks of it),” but once that scene it taken into context in the film’s narrative, it’s nothing to worry about. Cars 3 brings the story of Lightning McQueen to a natural progression, something that I wasn’t expecting but thoroughly enjoyed.

Fade out-
Eugene

 

 

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