“Speed. I am Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick.” On this familiar monologue delivered by Owen Wilson, ‘Cars 3’ opens. The film has sort of homage feel to it, the story starts out off as a tale of redemption, an aging McQueen, trying to compete against younger, quicker racers, rookies who are replacing the older race cars in the game.
There are a number of new characters, that haven’t appeared in the first two parts, who play key roles in the film. A notable addition would be Cristela Alonzo, voicing Cruz Ramirez, whose cheerful attitude does brighten up some of the otherwise dull moments in the film. I couldn’t care much for most of the other new additions, however, they seem disconnected from the film and you can’t bring yourself to feel anything for them.
The first half of ‘Cars 3’ is a textbook Pixar-Disney film, you have the hit-or-miss comedy, the emotional moments and the crisp dialogue. The animators are at their best as they usually are, the visuals are stunning and the landscape looks almost realistic at times. It was also fun to see how technological advancements have changed the ‘Cars’ world, the race simulator sequence involving Lightning McQueen and the ‘personal voice assistant’ of Cruz Ramirez were almost a parody of how technology has affected our lives today.
A major problem with the film was the fact that it had so many obvious fillers. The plot was definitely empty and could have done with the addition of sub-plots, something which the first film did quite successfully. Some scenes just seem totally unrelated to the story line and even though this is acceptable for a kids movie, there is a limit to the number of meaningless sequences you can stuff into a movie before even the kids start to catch on. There is even an oddly disturbing scene where McQueen and Cruz enter a ‘Death Race’ by accident where cars attack each other and the last man standing wins the race.