Cars 3 : Did we see a Rocky reboot?
*** Attention: There are spoilers in this review if you’ve not seen the movie, please turn back ***
The third installment in the ever so popular Cars series is out, and if you’re wondering it’s even better than the first two. Pixar has this unique talent of bringing inanimate objects to life and fill them with emotions, ironically “Inside Out”. Cars 3 also follows the same track and leaves you wanting for more.
The story picks up with Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) doing what he does best, racing and winning. But age has caught up with the blazing #95 and the younger competition, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), is outshining everyone forcing the majority of dated drivers into retirement.
Not willing to give up so easy, McQueen pushes the limits, but crashes and burns in a very Snyder-esque fashion.
Cars or Rocky?
This is where the Cars series turns into Rocky-verse. Recovering from the horrifying accident and the death of a mentor “Fabulous Hudson Hornet aka Doc” (Paul Newman, posthumously reappearing), McQueen is considering retirement. Much like when Rocky gets his ass handed to him by Clubber Lang and Mickey’s death forces him to consider the same.
The pace then picks up and we’re shown McQueen seeking help from an old friend Smokey (Chris Cooper), much like Rocky 3 when Rocky goes to Apollo Creed for help. This is followed up with an old school training montage for McQueen and Jackson Storm working it out with the latest toys, this will bring back memories from the Rocky 4 “Eye of Tiger” sequence.
Amidst all the training and the drama, we’re introduced to Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), a spunky racing coach. Cruz is built up very well throughout the movie as this uninspired racing coach who once wanted to be a racer. McQueen while training himself helps Cruz overcome her fears in the process building up the third act.
At this stage, I’m gonna say, Cruz is Creed.
The final race is where is all comes together. McQueen realizes it’s time to take up take on a much bigger role and mid-race Cruz replaces McQueen, who guides her to victory.
The racing sequences are really well made, although reused at times. The premise of the movie feels much like Rocky Balboa, fighting against all odds to prove he can still stand toe to toe with the young blood. I’m comfortably gonna wrap it up and say, we saw an Animated Rocky reboot.
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