'Cars 3' poster
Director: Brian Fee
Cast: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Larry the Cable Guy, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Paul Dooley, Michael Wallis, Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, John Ratzenberger, Tony Shalhoub, Lea Delaria, Jenifer Lewis, Katherine Helmond, Darrell Waltrip, Lloyd Sherr
'Cars 3' is familiar kitsch. Disney/Pixar's attempt to mint money without really attempting an entirely creatively satisfying product, this third in the series, rips-off successful Hollywood plotlines to assuage us with its so-called difference. Apropos, the sameness is so overwhelming that you'd be really dumb to be entertained by it.
The 'Cars' and 'Planes' films may have started out as fairly interesting and entertaining, but their sequels don't even measure up to the low standards of their predecessors. And that's quite telling for the audience who sees nothing new in the animated sequence of events meant to make them quiver with so-called excitement .
A new generation of blazing-fast cars renders the legendary Lighting McQueen (Owen Wilson) redundant. So, forced to reinvent himself and rekindle that fast-fading winning energy he has to not only find a new sponsor but also find new ways of training to combat the cocky, fresh young speedsters who have blown him off-track. Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), an eager young technician and simulation coach is the one to get him off the ropes and the great champions of the past provide motivational support along the way.
With 7 people credited for story and scripting one would have thought the subsequent narrative would have had much more to show for it – than tedious, unsatisfying borrowed routines patched together from the 'Rocky' And 'F&F' series. Training in the Siberian Woods, going back to dirt-track racing, competing out of your zone, passing of wisdom from one generation to the next, are all familiar elements that we've seen and enjoyed many times over. The plot and characterization here don't have anything new or fresh to interest you. The world building is also not the kind to keep you riveted. Ultimately it's just the multiple hues of color, the eye-pleasing animation and the fairly appreciable voicing that keeps you awake here.
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