Direction: Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Cast: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Arnie Hammer, Chris Cooper, Larry, the Cable Guy Screenplay: Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson Cinematography: Jeremy Lasky, Kim : Jason Hudak Music: Randy Newman Producers: Kevin Reher Genre: Animation Location: USA Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Running time: 123 minutes
Technical assessment: 3
Moral assessment: 3
CINEMA rating: V14
MTRCB rating: PG13
Lightning McQueen (Wilson) has been the greatest racer seven times in a row until technology catches up and gives birth to a new breed of boosted racers. McQueen suffers a violent crash while trying to beat Jackson Storm (Hammer), an arrogant rookie. Determined not to end up like Doc Hudson, McQueen decides to train again. He is assigned by his new owner Sterling to train with Cruz Ramirez (Alonzo). In the beginning McQueen and Ramirez do not get along and disagree with each other’s methods. But as the two are forced to work together to save McQueen’s career, they discover each other’s real self and end up as good friends. In the final race, McQueen uses technique rather than speed to beat Storm and allows Ramirez to fulfill her longtime dream to become a professional racer.
Cars 3 boasts of the same visual expertise Disney and Pixar are noted for. The design and artistry are so meticulously detailed that watching the films is like watching a live action scene. The voice performers deliver well. You could almost see the faces of the people in the animation with their honest interpretation of the characters. The story, although not necessarily novel, is relatable and the sensible development for the 3rd franchise. The storytelling sometimes falls into the temptation of self-indulgence and vanity but with the visual feast it delivers, audience will not always mind.
The most prominent messages Cars 3 delivers are mentorship and self-confidence to pursue one’s dream. The movie talks about the elders and more accomplished as mentors and guide to the young and inexperienced. In turn, the students are taught not solely for their personal gain but to pass on the wisdom and skills to the next generation. This becomes a positive reinforcing cycle which ensures a productive and selfless society. And with positive and ethical mentorship, the student not only learns skills but learns to appreciate one’s self. The self-image is built and confidence is strengthened. Women, underdogs, less privileged, seniors and physically challenged begin to see opportunities and pursue their dreams without fear. This is a family movie with very positive messages better appreciated if parents discuss with their children.