Movie Review: Cars 3 (2017)

The third installment of Cars has already been in movie houses for some days now, well in case those of you who have been following this delightful 3D franchise — about car racing, perseverance, ambition and relationships — were not aware of.

The Synopsis. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lightning McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

Most everybody who have seen this series would not have any problem appreciating its graphics — it’s just cool — and cute, too! Especially with Owen Wilson doing the dubbing of Lightning McQueen, it just makes the character more comical and yes, believable.

Still, there are a few things we have noticed in Cars 3.

One. Doesn’t the presentation of Storm remind us of Rocky 4? Yeah, the boxing film of Sly Stallone. You know, all those machines and ‘analytical’ data that were used to showcase Ivan Drago. And Lightning even trained at the beach — just like Rocky Balboa did!

Lightning’s beach training with Cruz Ramirez

Well, the only solace to the sort of copying here would be at least this one is a 3D film. Otherwise, the beach training should have been expounded.

Two. Yes, we do love that ‘sneak through the window’ tactic as well as the throwing of those bale of hay for Lightning to avoid — these are undeniably good and ‘realistic’ strategies. So indeed, while advanced technology is like athleticism — what can really beat athleticism is wisdom.

Jackson Storm and Lightning McQueen going head-to-head

Three. Wouldn’t it have been better if Lightning finished the race instead of having Cruz complete it? Though the ‘passing of the torch’ was cool, it’s like taking away the spotlight from Lightning. More so, what happened to his training then? Like, we never really saw the fruits of Lightning’s hard work.

Then again, since these are machines — as in we’re talking about cars here — perhaps the only way Lightning could beat Storm is to make him hit the wall.

Many times, a ‘big event’ is the sign of one’s turning point in life

Four. Two quotes that we could use in our lives: ‘do not be afraid of failure but be afraid of not having the chance’ and ‘just focus on what you are here to do.’

In the end, provided your emotions are in place — an aim in life is the one thing that makes life worth living. Just live right.

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