Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen, but he’s not a rookie anymore. Teased by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.
While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun-loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track led by up and comer Jackson Storm. Then he meets Cruz Ramirez. Tasked with getting Lightning McQueen back on track after a devastating setback, Cruz isn’t shy. Her training style is high-tech, enthusiastic and she’s not afraid to apply a little tough love. But there’s more to Cruz than meets the eye. She has her own battles to overcome which gives this movie some emotional light on how to overcome your past and do what’s best for your future. Lightning begins to wonder whether he truly belongs out on the racetrack or if he’s going to stop anyone from letting him out there.
Cars 3 Stars Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo who voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, and tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer is the next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington was cast to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion provides the voice of brilliant Billionaire Sterling, Lea DeLaria makes her Pixar debut as the formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life. Cars 3 is directed by Brian Fee, after working as a storyboard artist for Cars, Ratatouille, and WALL-E, Fee takes full advantage of the Pixar approach to storytelling and makes his directorial debut.
Just because it’s aimed at children doesn’t mean it’s any less capable of sincere emotions. Not to be mistaken with tonal inconsistency, something this film has nothing to worry about. It earns the tone it’s going for. Cars 3 is filled with sincerity. Sure, the message is simple but Cars 3 takes an honest route with it. The driving feels more intense, with several sequences legitimately on par with full throttle action scenes that demand your attention.
Cars 3 teaches us it’s never too late to be great at something you love. It also teaches us to be persistent and follow our dreams. And just because you try your best doesn’t mean you will always come out on top and win. There will always be times when you lose, just like there will always be opportunities to shine.