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In Pixar’s Cars 3, Lightning McQueen has to face the fact that his days as a racer are numbered as much younger racers are quite literally passing him by on the racetrack. This latest entry just about alienates its core audience by taking on themes that will likely whiz by a young person’s head.



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Mark Booth

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We are showing 'Cars 3' next week in the Booth Bijou Garage Theater, along with 'Matinee' as the B-movie.

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This has to be the most misunderstood Pixar franchise ever. These films were never aimed squarely at kids, regardless of the fact that one of the results was a merchandising monster.
 

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This has to be the most misunderstood Pixar franchise ever. These films were never aimed squarely at kids, regardless of the fact that one of the results was a merchandising monster.

It might've been "Doc Hollywood with Cars", but I liked the first one a lot.

The next 2? Meh - both watchable but wholly mediocre films...
 

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Colin, I agree with your assessment of the first one, which I think is unfairly mangled by association with what came after. The third one was better than the second, and at least attempted to do something that would feel like the original, but I agree that both sequels are mediocre and wish they had left the first one well enough alone. This is the rare Pixar title I will not own.
 

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Colin, I agree with your assessment of the first one, which I think is unfairly mangled by association with what came after. The third one was better than the second, and at least attempted to do something that would feel like the original, but I agree that both sequels are mediocre and wish they had left the first one well enough alone. This is the rare Pixar title I will not own.

I watched 2 and 3 back to back last week, and I have to admit I like 2 more now. Maybe that's because I liked the 3D! :)
 

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My issue with the second film is that in terms of style and story, it has nothing to do with the first film at all. I would have no issue with Pixar doing a spy film, but it was at odds with the "slow down and enjoy life" message of the first one, and they didn't seem to exist in the same world.

The third one at least feels consistent with the first film, as though it is the proper Cars 2 and the actual Cars 2 never happened. I give them credit for trying to make something that made sense this time.

But I didn't really like this story very much and found the Cruz Ramirez character the most annoying cinematic character of the past several years, and didn't feel for her at all, so obviously the way the film ends did not work for me the way the creators seemed to intend that it should.
 

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My issue with the second film is that in terms of style and story, it has nothing to do with the first film at all. I would have no issue with Pixar doing a spy film, but it was at odds with the "slow down and enjoy life" message of the first one, and they didn't seem to exist in the same world.

The third one at least feels consistent with the first film, as though it is the proper Cars 2 and the actual Cars 2 never happened. I give them credit for trying to make something that made sense this time.

But I didn't really like this story very much and found the Cruz Ramirez character the most annoying cinematic character of the past several years, and didn't feel for her at all, so obviously the way the film ends did not work for me the way the creators seemed to intend that it should.

In a way, "Cars 2" is "Temple of Doom" and "Cars 3" is "Last Crusade" - the 2nd film offers a departure from the first while the 3rd one feels closer to the original.

I actually respect the fact that Pixar took a chance and made "2" so different from the original. My biggest problem with "3" is that it feels too much like a semi-remake of the 1st one.

"2" falters more than I'd like, but at least it's something different!
 

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Does this disc include a UHD version of the "Home Theater Optimizer" feature available on other Pixar discs? It would normally be somewhere in the set-up menu along with audio and subtitle options. The UK 2D and 3D Blu-rays of Cars 3 both included this feature.
 

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I took myself to see this in the theater over the summer...and then got the UHD...and then watched it right before Thanksgiving. It's still mesmerizing and captivating for me. This is a natural progression for Lightning McQueen and struck me as organic for the character. What happens when you can't quite perform to your expectations anymore and others start to pass you? Do you stubbornly keep trying or do you evolve? Lightning stepped aside and evolved.

The first is all about the upstart learning how to be trained and how to achieve their potential. The second is...I don't even know what. This is passing the torch, so to speak. In those respects, I very much recommend Cars 3. (The soundtrack leaves a lot to be desired, though.)
 

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Does this disc include a UHD version of the "Home Theater Optimizer" feature available on other Pixar discs? It would normally be somewhere in the set-up menu along with audio and subtitle options. The UK 2D and 3D Blu-rays of Cars 3 both included this feature.
Unfortunately, no.
 

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