Mitch and I caught Cars 3 at the Galaxy 14 Mega Screen — in 3D — and it was fabulous! The end was a little surprising–I won’t spoil it for you here–but it was so much better than the 2nd installment. Cars 3 really got back to it’s racing roots!
I know the movie has been out for a few days now, but not everyone has the chance to drop everything and take the kids to a movie on opening weekend…especially when it’s Father’s Day weekend. So for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I won’t give any spoilers. I thought this one was well written, but a little too…what’s the word…mopey? See, as you know from the trailer, Lightning wipes out during a race. But the physical injury isn’t what brings him down–his big problem is his fear of getting old and outdated. The new breed of racer cars are faster and high tech.
Sound familiar? This plot line might go right over your kid’s head, but the fear of getting left behind by the new kids is something a lot of us Gen X moms face everyday. As I sit at my computer, with a heating pad on my sore back, I can really see where Lightning McQueen is coming from. Am I too old to keep up with the kids? Hmmmm….
Lightning is finally pulled out of his funk for the second act of the film, and gets back to training. His sponsors, Dusty and Rusty of Rust-eze decide to retire and sell their company to Sterling, a wealthy businessman (businesscar?) who runs a high tech racing center. I won’t get into any more spoiler territory here, but the move is pretty interesting–Dusty and Rusty are yet another pair of old timers who give up racing…but in doing so, give Lightning a second chance to try and compete with the modern racers.
Of course Lightning is an old timer himself now, and can’t work with computer simulators and all the fakery of the high tech training devices. He needs to some dirt on his tires, and drags his young trainer (the yellow car, Cruz Ramirez) along on an adventure to find his mojo.
If you thought Cars 2 had a little too much Mator, you’ll be happy to know that the old gang stays in mostly at Radiator Springs–and at the Piston Cup sidelines. Most of the movie has a new cast of characters, and Cruz becomes this movie’s sidekick. She’s a young sports car who was inspired to be a race car herself. When Lightning is finally done wallowing in his own misery, he decides to live up to the legacy of Doc Hudson and mentor her. Thus the trilogy turns full circle.
Cars 3 Games
Since I’m on the Disney movie reviewer list, I’ve got access to some free downloads for you! Check it out, print it out, and your kids can have fun with Lightning McQueen all summer long!
To play any of this games, just click the graphic to access a PDF file you can print out at home.