Movie Review – Cars 3

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There is a theory called the Pixar theory that says that all Pixar movies exist in the same shared universe. Starting chronologically with Dinosaur and ending with Wall-E every Pixar movie shares the same earth. While some of the movies such as Toy Story or Monster’s Inc there are enough references to believe this to be true the most disturbing chapter

While some of the movies such as Toy Story or Monster’s Inc there are enough references to believe this to be true, the most disturbing chapter in this theory is the AI future that Elon Musk warns about with Cars.

Cars 3 is the continuation and probably final chapter of the Pixar self-aware ‘living’ cars centred around the Nascar (that’s the American one where they only turn in one direction) racing car Lightning McQueen voiced by Owen Wilson. While there are now three movies set in the Cars time period the latest movie continues without any need for the 2nd movie to have happened (as most people who saw it over the age of 8 may think).

The original Cars movie was Pixar’s Rocky/Doc Hollywood (or Northern Exposure if you prefer) story of race car Lightning McQueen who’s career is on a high before trampling through a small town and being sentenced to community service. Through this, he learns humility and goes on to win the big race at the end of the first movie. This new movie is more of a Rocky/Creed take with the same race car getting older and slower and a newer crop of cars taking over.

In all honesty, that’s about all you need to know about this movie walking in because from here on out it is aimed at the school holiday 7 and under movie goer. While the first movie may have borrowed storylines from others as we mentioned, it still felt like something new when it came from Pixar.When the second movie followed it didn’t hurt to have a lot of tie-in merchandise. This final movie feels like it should have a triple-A rated game to go with it (there is a game but it’s not so triple-A).

When the second movie followed it didn’t hurt to have a lot of tie-in merchandise. This final movie feels like it should have a triple-A rated game to go with it (there is a game but it’s not so triple-A).

This isn’t a bad movie so much as it is aimed at a much younger audience. It’s just that in watching, if it wasn’t for the completely gorgeous levels of scenery that you would swear were real (except for the cartoonish cars on it) or voice actors like Nathan Fillion, Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, etc you would consider this to be a direct-to-video title (like the spin off ‘Planes’ was).

While we always enjoy Pixar movies and love the fact they are including pre-movie cartoons again like the animated short ‘Lou’ (about bullying and sharing) before this one. Unless you have small kids you need to take this one can probably wait for Blu-ray or streaming at home.

However, if you thought the original Cars movie was just about perfect maybe skip this, probably final, chapter in the series so your idealised memory can live on forever.

Cars 3 is in Cinemas across Australia from today.

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