Boogity! Boogity! Boogity! We’re going to the movies!
We are in full summer movie mode and the theater is great place to cool down. Now the question is to pick which movie to see? That is why we are here, to give you the skinny on what is out there and what we have seen. This week we had the honor to see the latest from Disney-Pixar with their 3rd film in the Cars franchise. Well I will say the 2nd film because we don’t count the second one. I think someone was asleep at the wheel with that one but that is a whole other story. This screening was also very special because we took our son Abe to the movies for the very first time and he loved it! So many ooooooo’s and ahhhhhhh’s from his mouth throughout the entire film. He has been a super fan of Lightning McQueen and can recite a lot of the first movie as he watches it. So we were a little emotional as we watched him take in the whole cinematic movie going experience.
Now to the review!
“Cars 3” is the 3rd installment to the Cars franchise that started over 10 years ago with the release of the first film. Well received by Disney fans and movie goers it offered a wonderful new cast of characters that a lot of us really enjoyed watching on screen and at home. The kids really took to them as well. “Cars 3” takes us back to those same roots and doesn’t even reference Cars 2 like it never even happened.
We find Lightning McQueen a decade into his career and having the time of his life! Witty banter back and forth with his competition it’s all in good fun. As dark a tone you my have thought it was going to have after watching the trailers it did not get as dark as you may have thought. We were happy with that since we feel the target audience for this film was still a younger one than most Pixar films. Don’t get us wrong though, it still has some very adult themes that will fly over the little ones heads but the message still gets delivered. The premise of the film is pretty simple where older Lightning McQueen is being forced into retirement as a new crop of young technologically advanced racers are breaking into the racing seen.
Cue in new characters Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez as well as a nice crop of racers and well I won’t go that far into details so we don’t spoil the movie for you. The visuals in this film are outstanding! The racing scenes are soooo cool and if you are a Nascar fan you will appreciate a lot the the little eater eggs they put in in trying to keep it pretty authentic. “Cars 3” fires on all cylinders and from the moment it get’s going it does not let its foot off the gas. The story plays out nicely as the film goes from act to act to the finale. I will however say that to get the full 1000% Cars nostalgia effect it is a good idea to see the first one. It will make this one even sweeter. Bring some tissues just in case, we did.
To wrap up our review we can say that “Cars 3” has moved up in ranking a few spaces to our top 3 in the Pixar family. As some have gone to say that the female empowerment is lacking in the film I will say the opposite. I say it paints an very real picture of what women go through in the sports world and how one person can make the difference in making sure they continue to get there fair shots and opportunities just like the boys. Even Kerry Washington’s character is a nice homage to woman in sportscasting and how they are more than capable of doing the job than their male counterparts. “Cars 3” tell its story very well with some good writing and chemistry between the characters from beginning to end. This will sure be a fun time at the movies this summer. Our theater was cheering and clapping during many scenes of the movie as was our lil Abe!
Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 opens in theatres in 3D June 16!
June 16, 2017
Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer
Brian Fee Kevin Reher
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 Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.