cars

Cars seems to be the one Pixar franchise that divides people. It hardly ever seems to appear on people’s Best Of lists and mostly it seems that it is younger viewers who are receptive to it, just thanks to Lightning and Mater, a double act for the ages. Now I have no interest in actual cars, none at all, but enjoyed the first two films for what they are, popcorn and a cola movies that amuse and entertain but never reach the lofty heights of say a Toy Story or a Monsters Inc.
Whatever you think of Cars, this third film is unlikely to change your mind, but it does feel a little different in tone and action.If you’ve seen the incredible crash trailer then you’ll know that things are a little darker this time around, hell I don’t mean it is Apocalypse Now, but Mcqueen is no longer the best in the business and when a new kid on the block starts stealing every chequered flag, our hero must decide if he has a future.
Basically what we are dealing with here is an animated Rocky. The old guard training up to take on the latest sensation. To make sure you know that they know what we know, there is even a beach training sequence straight out of the Sly playbook which brought a smile to my face. The strangest thing is where they go with this tale. (SPOILER TIME..LOOK AWAY IF YOU WANT…)
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I presumed from all the build up (even the return of Paul Newman in some welcome flash back sequences) that the tale was saying that if you work hard and prepare you can be a winner. But no. At one point in the final race, McQueen realises he is losing and…just gives up. Okay, not that simply, he pulls into the pits and lets his female trainer take his place. Er, what? It seems to be saying, if things are difficult, just give up. Hmm, is this a good message for the kids or am I just reading too much into it? I was also a little disturbed that Lightning spends most of the movie hanging out with a cute young model (car, obviously, this is not some Cronenberg nightmare perversion) whilst his girlfriend stays at home. Again, a strange message.
Still, this is a decent enough adventure and a good way of saying goodbye to the team, although you can be sure that if Pixar hits that Dory-style paydirt, you might find McQueen dusting off his fender for one more race around the track. Hopefully taking his girlfriend this time…

(Congratulations Kendall, you have overthought and analysed a film about talking cars. *slow handclap*)