Few studios have delivered as consistently as Pixar, banging out inventive, emotionally resonant films since starting with "Toy Story" in 1995. Occasionally they'll come up with one that falls short of their own high standards, and "Cars" in 2006 was the first of a handful of films that we shall politely describe as Pixar Lite. It's a subgroup that includes such underwhelming titles as "Brave, Monsters University", and "Cars 2".
 
But third time's the charm for the studio's most polarizing franchise, which appears to have finally found its groove with an installment that's less frantic and more thoughtful than its predecessors. Closely following the beats of that other memorable hit "Rocky III", "Cars 3" tells the all-too-familiar story of an over-the-hill pro out to prove himself against a world that's changed.
 
When we first meet him in the new film, former Nascar champion Lightning McQueen is still racing. But his status as an unsinkable superstar is challenged by a new generation of cars led by Jackson Storm, whose sleek, modern design and enhanced power threatens to send our hero into permanent retirement.
 
There are no major surprises in the way that the plot unfolds. This is a standard-issue underdog story, and director Brian Fee packs in all the tropes of a traditional sports movie. The formulaic arcs notwithstanding, it's McQueen's emotional journey that you connect with…from his reliance on his old mentor, to his equation with a young trainer who's been assigned to him.
 
As the trusted voice of Lightning McQueen, Owen Wilson nicely captures the insecurity of an ageing star who's on the cusp of redundancy. It's a genuinely moving performance that's full of feeling. There are some terrific set pieces too, particularly an explosive smash-and-crash rumble at a dirt track, and dazzling race sequences.

It's a tad long at 109 minutes, and the overarching theme of mortality feels unsuited for very young children. But it's a movie that has its heart in the right place, and ends in a bold, surprising climax that you probably won't predict.
 
I'm going with three out of five. "Cars 3" is no masterpiece, but it's worth your time.
 
Rating: 3 / 5

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*
Name:*
E-mail:*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Rajeev Masand

  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Omerta

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Keval Arora, Rajesh Tailang, Blake Allan Director: Hansal Mehta In his new film Omerta, director Hansal Mehta seeks to dive into...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of 102 Not Out

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Director: Umesh Shukla Let’s just face it Hindi cinema doesn’t know what to do with senior...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Avengers: Infinity War

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe...

    BMS EditorApril 26, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Beyond The Clouds

    Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Malavika Mohanan, Goutam Ghose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, GV Sharada, Amruta Santosh Thakur, Shivam Pujari Director: Majid Majidi Iranian master Majid Majidi,...

    BMS EditorApril 21, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of October

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao Director: Shoojit Sircar October, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a thoughtful, meditative film about...

    BMS EditorApril 13, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Blackmail

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta, Pradhuman Singh, Anjula Sathe, Gajraj Rao, Omi Vaidya, Vibha Chibbar, Neelima Azim Director: Abhinay...

    BMS EditorApril 6, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Baaghi 2

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal, Prateik Babbar, Darshan Kumaar, Vipin Sharma Director: Ahmed Khan. A distraught young...

    BMS EditorApril 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Pacific Rim Uprising

    Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman Director: Steven S DeKnight I’m one of those who thoroughly...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Hichki

    Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar Director: Siddharth P Malhotra There is nothing original, nothing surprising, nothing even...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup