Friday, November 3, 2017

Lightning McQueen and Co. Race Home in "Cars 3" [Blu-ray / Digital HD Review]

Enjoyable  and amusing from beginning to end, "Cars 3" is an entertaining entry in the franchise. A definite lack of Tow Mater is felt in this one, which might disappoint some viewers and give others a sense of relief. The new characters like Cruz and Smokey more than fill the void, though. There are plenty of funny moments to laugh at and some great action sequences to keep you alert and excited.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting 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 in "Cars 3."

"Cars 3" is very much a mixture of "Rocky III," "Rocky IV," "Rocky V," and "Creed." First, the "old-timer" must find a way to go up against the new breed of fighter (or racer, in this case) by returning to his roots. Secondly, he then passes the baton to a younger generation to keep his legacy going. The lessons to learn are never give up, know when to ask for help, and give someone else a chance to succeed and challenge themselves. Also, know when you're too old to get the job done and need a youngster to finish what you started. Okay, that last one was a bit of a joke.

"Cars 3" is rated G and suitable for all audiences. There are a few car crashes which could be seen as violent. Some words you probably wouldn't want your kids saying, like "dang," "loser," "shut up," and "jerk" are uttered by the different characters. A mention of "running moonshine" is heard, but refers to vehicles driving with no headlights on under only the light of the moon.

The Digital HD version of "Cars 3" includes some entertaining bonus material. Sixteen featurettes focus on the making of the movie, real world racing and legendary cars, "My First Car" spotlights, and more. The short film "Lou" is included. There are deleted scenes and a clip about diecast cars as well.

"Cars 3" on Blu-ray / DVD contains many fun extras for the whole family. The same bonus material for the Digital HD version are found. Audio commentary is provided by Director Brian Fee, Producer Kevin Reher, Co-Producer Andrea Warren, and Creative Director Jay Ward. Some of the other special features include trailers for for "Cars 3," character promos, and we're also taken on "Fly Throughs" of some of the digital environments seen in the movie.

Brian Fee ("WALL-E") directed "Cars 3" from a script by Fee, Ben Queen ("Cars 2"), Eyal Podell ("24"), Jonathon E. Stewart, Kiel Murray ("Up"), Bob Peterson ("Finding Nemo"), and Mike Rich ("The Rookie"). The movie boasts the voice work of Owen Wilson, Cristelo Alanzo, Nathan Fillion, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, and Larry the Cable Guy. The running time is 102 minutes.

"Cars 3" is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Rating: ✮✮✮ and a half.