Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – As Lighting McQueen enters his twilight years, he must come to terms with the fact that he might not be able to continue racing.
My Take on it – This wasn’t a Pixar film that I was so psyched about seeing since I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original and stayed far away from the sequel even after six years, so I went in with very low expectations on this one.
Once again, they take a popular theme used quite often in films and adapted it for the racing car genre in a world populated by talking and living vehicles.
I still find the concept quite creepy and have very mixed feelings about the whole “Cars-iverse”.
With such a storyline, I would have expected it to be more poignant and heartwarming instead of feeling as if they try to add as much humor as possible.
This makes it so hard to take this film seriously which is quite unfortunate.
The fact that they were able to find so enough recordings of Paul Newman from when they made the original film (see trivia below) does help make this film watchable at least once.
Bottom Line – Once again, they have taken a popular theme from lots of films and adapted it to the world of talking and living vehicles. It is hard to take this story seriously because it comes across as being more humorous than it should since one would expect such a storyline to be more heartwarming. The added use of lots of scenes with Newman’s character (see trivia below) helps make this film worth watching at least once.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In June 2017, Entertainment Weekly reported that during the voice-actor recording process for Cars (2006), Director John Lasseter spent a lot of time in the recording booth with Paul Newman, who often regaled him with stories about his life and his many years as a race car driver. Lasseter said, “In a way, he mentored me in racing, because car racing was his true life’s passion, and I made sure that whenever he came into the recording booth, we were recording everything. In-between takes, he would tell me stories about great races, and you could hear the passion in his voice.” These recordings eventually became what made it possible for Newman’s character in Cars, Doc Hudson, to reappear in this movie, even though this movie was released over eight years after Newman’s death. Lasseter explained, “as we started Cars 3, we went back to every recording we did on Cars 1 and catalogued and listened to it all, and ended up with a lot of material that we could use. Lines that were cut from the original film and never used, as well as some of those pieces from in-between takes.” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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