Cars 3 Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

The Premise
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!
The Review
Lightning McQueen and the residents of Radiator Springs race back into cinemas just in time for the school holidays.

It’s been 11 years since the first Cars rolled out - six since the wheels fell off in the sequel - but Pixar are back on track with a return to familiar settings and familiar themes of believing in yourself.

No wonder, as first-time director Brian Fee worked on Cars as a storyboard artist. He obviously has a love for the characters – all the old favourites are back – but there are some great new models on show too. McQueen’s new state-of-the-art rival Jackson Storm was a hit with the boys, and the new female character Cruz Ramirez is an inspiring role-model.

While the visuals are firing on all cylinders – just see the inventive demolition derby – this threequel could use a tune-up. At a two hour running time (including the brilliant short Lou that preceeds it) it's a slow drive to the chequered flag. For a Pixar film there’s far too much padding, with some music montages that could have been sent to the scrapheap for a bearable child-friendly 90 minutes.

Pixar usually pulls at the heartstrings of both young and old, but this is one for the kids and they had a blast. My friend's two boys (3 and 6) loved it and thought it was better than the first two!
The Verdict
While lightning might not strike for the parents, McQueen’s third adventure will be a hit for the kids with some thrilling visuals and exciting new characters.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 22nd June 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 109 minutes
Genre:  Animation/Family
Starring: Armie Hammer, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt
Director: Brian Fee (Debut Feature)
The Extras
John Lasseter has teased that the film is a very emotional story and a little bit more akin to Cars 1.
The film will focus on McQueen's relationship and memory of Doc Hudson.
The film's premise mirrors the first film, in that McQueen is now an old racer (like The King) and Jackson Storm is a young rookie about to overtake him (just as McQueen had in the first film.)
Cars 3 will feature McQueen with his signature Cars look and bring back familiar characters from the original's Radiator Springs, including tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), girlfriend Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and auto-body shop owner Ramone (Cheech Marin).