There was no Cars 3 topic. Which is not really surprising. Cars 2 was terrible, perhaps Pixar’s worst movie. Should have gone straight to DVD. It was a clear attempt by Disney to cash in by shoveling derivative crap and to keep selling Lightning McQueen toys to little boys.
Cars 3 should be more of the same, right?
Except… it isn’t. Owen Wilson has always annoyed me, perhaps because played Lightning McQueen to a ‘T’ - an arrogant asshole. But this time around he’s more subdued, and therefore more tolerable. Cars 3, as far as I can remember, completely ignores Cars 2, and continues on from Cars 1 as if Cars 2 never existed – as it should. There are many callbacks to Doc Hudson and Radiator Springs.
But as the final act rolls around and Lightning McQueen prepares for his final showdown with his arch-nemesis Jackson Storm, the movie has telegraphed to you exactly what’s going to happen. How McQueen is going rip victory from the jaws of defeat, beat Jackson Storm, win the race, and Disney can go on selling Lightning McQueen toys to little boys.
That didn’t happen. In the final minutes of the movie, Cars 3 – of all things – goes full Sixth Sense on you.
Lightning McQueen does not win the race, and you realize McQueen’s arc went further than you thought. A lot further.
I’m no expert on Pixar movies, but Cars 3 is probably better than Cars 1, which isn’t that difficult, I suppose. I doubt Cars 3 should crack Pixar’s top 5. But if you have a young daughter, you should watch this movie with them.