Am I getting old? Seriously?
I know it is 2017.
I know I am in my mid-thirties.
I know I have my first official teen this year.
I know the first Cars movie came out in 2006 – 11 years ago.
But seriously, am I getting old?
I still feel young at heart!
In the end, I think I am having an age identity crisis like Lightning McQueen did in Cars 3.
*WARNING: as with most of our movie reviews, there will be spoilers! Only continue reading if you don’t mind spoilers. I don’t share all of the details, but enough so you know the plot and partial ending.
First off, let me say that I had no issues with this movie as far as it’s contents for kids. It was fun, light-hearted, classic and not any difficult or compromising circumstances that they Cars cast found themselves in. It’s just a fun movie.
However, I think it is probably going to be more relatable to the parents rather than the kids.
You see, the movie is about Lightning McQueen being injured in a race with the up and coming new comers and youngin’s that put him to shame (specifically Jackson Storm) with their sleek new car designs and more efficient motors.
Photos are screenshots from the trailer
After the crash in this race, McQueen spends several months in “recovery” to try and enter the scene again with the new young cars taking over the racing scene in the meantime, putting all other classic race cars from the former movies into retirement and really being no match for him any longer.
The movie is all about his struggles to let go and retire while he is ahead and admit that his glory days are over.
It was kind of depressing for me! Are we at that point!?! It really made me feel old.
However, I actually loved the fact that in his last race, he finally recognized that it was his time to step down, after remembering and honoring the legacy of his mentor – Doc Hudson, spending time on Doc’s iconic track and town.
Photo is a screenshot from the trailer
McQueen began the next stage of his life by mentoring a female racer (no romantic elements at all) named Cruz. This female racer was just his trainer to prepare him for racing after his recovery. She calls McQueen her “senior project.” As the movie continues on, you discover that her real dream was being a racer, but with other discouraging her, she went a different direction. McQueen is self-absorbed in beating Jackson Storm, that he doesn’t realize until later that his time was up, and he has the opportunity to mentor a new and upcoming racer – Cruz, where her career was just beginning.
Although there was a new “95” racer in town and she becomes the glory child after having a lifetime of respect and fandom for McQueen. Her story was still the background story, while McQueen was coming to terms with his new found place in the racing world.
Overall, the story is great, fun and classic Cars style…it was just a little depressing for me.
But my boys loved it, so I guess that is all that matters!
Here’s the trailer:
Hint…stay to the end. I love Tow Mater and he is only in the movie in bits and pieces, but there is a final scene after the credits with him.
And while you are waiting through the credits, read the hilarious cars signs.
It’s much like the ones you find spread throughout Cars Land in Disneyland, especially in line at Tow Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree! It’s a fun way to end the movie! The above picture is only about a 10th of the fun signs!