Cars 3 Movie Review | Safe for Kids? #Cars3
“Please don’t be another Cars 2,” I silently wished before the theater went dark. After the first Disney Pixar Cars sequel, I have to admit that I had low expectations for this new installation of Cars. But perhaps it was in these lowered standards that I went in highly skeptical and came away truly surprised. In this Cars 3 Movie Review for Parents, we discuss everything from the story to the visuals to the breakdown of the G rating – is Cars 3 safe for kids to see? Find out in this full spoiler-free review.
When Cars first came out in 2006 (holy moly, am I that old?), I remember being blown away by the visuals, the color, the distinct details. Cars was at the peak of Pixar animation. There’s no way that they could improve on the legacy. But then, Cars 3. WOW. I was just amazed at how much the technology has changed in 11 years. The crispness of the screen and the life-likeness of certain parts of the movie, I had to blink to make sure this wasn’t a real-life shot. It was Disney Pixar at it’s finest. For those that LOVE Disney movies and Cars in particular, 3D was incredible. I recommend it.
Surprised. I was honestly surprised how much I appreciated the story line. Cars 3 was the nostalgic flashback I was searching for in Cars 2. It’s the sequel that finally raced back into its roots as we follow Lightning McQueen and his later racing years, his struggles with keeping up with the rookies and finding his passion again. There are some fun new characters that kids will love (Fritter was my favorite) and lots of old favorites. Kids and parents alike will find lots of great messages about following dreams, goals, roots, and wings.
That G Rating
Hypercritical me was holding my breath during the whole movie, waiting for that “UGH” parent moment to drop. It never did. I’m happy to report that Cars has finally found traction again (yes, pun intended) back into what Cars is good at – racing, a good message and 100% family-friendly entertainment. It’s been a long time since I could say that I’ve seen a movie that I would see with every age child, but here it is. There’s no violence, death, guns, no swearing, or anything that would make me cringe about bringing my 4-year old and 8-year old.
The only “downside?” There are parts of the movie where the story moved a little slowly in my opinion. Lots of flashbacks and dialogue may be factors in bringing those wriggly worms. But for
diecast diehard Cars fans, you’ll be glued to your seat the whole time. I highly recommend seeing Cars 1 before seeing Cars 3 (especially those parents that need to brush up on the old story line). And as far as that tear-jerker moment? Yup, I found one. Stay through the credits for a fun little Cars 3 Easter Egg and be sure to stay past the end credits for a fun little closing scene.
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