Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

POP­U­LAR with the kids, not so much with the crit­ics, Pixar’s Cars makes a come­back of sorts with a third in­stal­ment af­ter a six-year ab­sence from screens.

An at­tempt to get the se­ries “back on track” af­ter Cars 2 in 2011 re­ceived less than stel­lar re­views (as per the 39 per cent score on Rot­ten Toma­toes), part 3 is a the­mat­i­cally in­ter­est­ing ride around the track but needs a fourth-gear jolt of power.

When his long­stand­ing sta­tus as race car cham­pion is threat­ened by young up-and­comer Jack­son Storm (Ar­mie CARS 3 (PG) Di­rected by: Brian Fee Star­ring: Owen Wil­son, Cris­tela Alonzo, Chris Cooper Re­view by: Ju­lian Wright In cine­mas now Ham­mer), Light­ning McQueen (Owen Wil­son) makes the move to get back in the lead.

McQueen gets a new spon­sor and heads to a train­ing fa­cil­ity with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, un­der the men­tor­ship of trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cris­tela Alonzo) who once had dreams of be­ing a race cham­pion.

Light­ning McQueen, com­ing to the re­al­i­sa­tion that his use-by date is closer than he hoped with his wan­ing ca­reer and mov­ing parts slowing down, is some­thing that will speak to the adults in the cin­ema.

Cars 3 com­mend­ably leans more on story, di­a­logue and ex­plor­ing its themes, and less on ac­tion, but the re­sult is a sluggish film that many young ones might get rest­less while watch­ing.

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