This week we got to attend the screening for Cars 3. Both of our girls love Cars and so do we, we knew this was going to be a great family movie night and we were not disappointed. All the favourites from the Cars movies are back and you’re sure to leave with new characters you love. Read on for a synopsis of Cars 3 and our review.
SYNOPSIS OF CARS 3
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) 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, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus 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!
Lightning McQueen is still winning races. Of course, Mater is as Mater does and is cheering his best friend on. Keep an eye on the different hats he wears throughout all the races. Can’t help but think that it’s a node to all the unique Mickey Ears Disney fans create when going to Disneyland.
Soon though a newcomer, Jackson Storm, changes things and takes first place away from Lightning. Unfortunately, things do not end well and he ends up crashing and taking a break from racing. There were many gasps from kids in the audience and “OH NOOO!”
The movie then is centered around getting Lightning back on top after hitting rock bottom. We loved how Cars has progressed from Lightning McQueen being the rookie to him now being “old-timer”. This is a key part of the theme, much like it was in the first Cars movie. Lightning is having to figure out his place again and he ends up doing so with the support of his friends in Radiator Springs and his sponsors, Rusteze, who have been bought out by a Lightning mega-fan.
With Rusteze under new management, Lightning has the opportunity to train in a different way than ever before. Enter our new favourite characte, Cruz Ramirez as his trainer. Some of our favourite parts of the whole movie involve Lightning and Cruz during the training sessions. Two words… demolition derby!
Now we don’t want to give much more of the plot away. We really enjoyed Cars 3. Evie was enthralled by the whole film and Addie was off her seat, cheering, and clapping. If you are thinking of seeing this movie considering rewatching the first one together and then going to Cars 3, you can skip the middle movie and keep up just fine. Let your kiddos wear their favourite Lightning or Mater shirt and bring their cars with them.
Also, before the movie starts there is a great short film called LOU taking those letters out of Lost and Found to spell the title of the short. It’s about the items that go missing on a school playground and a little bit about how they end up in the lost and found box. One of the main characters though is a young boy who is taking items from his peers and being a bully. Well, the one thing standing in his way from continuing to do this is the lost and found box, aka LOU. It’s a very cute little short.
Don’t forget to stay until the very end of the credit for Cars 3, if you can. I know kids like to rush out, or need to get zoomed off to the bathroom immediately after. If you can though, there is a little clip at the very end that involves Mater.
Are you planning to go see Cars 3 with your kids? Who’s their favourite character?