Cars 3

  • The first Cars movie came out when my Daughter was two, and it was the first movie I took her to see in the theater; so there’s an emotional connection to this series that she’s grown up with, from her (obviously) to me watching her grow with it.
  • There’s a tradition with the three Cars movies so far: get them started really fast and then SLOOOOOWWW THEM DOWWWWWNNNNN. This one gets a little messy with it’s story during that down-time.
  • It’s hard not to look at this movie without comparing it to the first one. It is a trilogy, right? This movie is not as good of that first in terms of pacing and keeping your interest, but it’s way better than the second movie’s “Cars are also international spies” misfire.
  • In the first movie, Larry the Cable Guy’s “Mater” character was a lot of fun and a good comic relief to the overall serious tone of the movie. In this one, he makes awkward, comedic cameos that don’t fit with the tone of the movie. Yes, the first two Cars movies are kind of serious with some really lighthearted moments, but either bring Mater in as a main character or just leave him in the background.
  • This movie makes me want to attend an actual Demolition Derby.
  • It also makes me want to go to racing school.
  • The racing action in these movies are still great fun, and this one brings some good intensity with it.
  • It’s nice to see some new characters with fun personalities thrown into the mix, which adds to the over-all message of the movie (more on that later).
  • Cristela Alonzo!
  • Nathan Fillion!
  • The soundtracks to these movies are fun, and a good mix of “pop-country” with old, twangy bluegrass.
  • Message Time: [possible spoiler alert] This movie introduces a lot of new characters, but also deals with older characters having to realize that it is time to move on to leaving a legacy. People aren’t young forever (DUH), and all the “Yolo’s” in the world can’t compete with the eternal hourglass. Themes like these help me understand what my own Dad was talking about, and recognizing his teachings will help me teach my Daughter.
  • Final Score: B

    Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter ( and instagram (

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