Lightning McQueen is currently the best Piston Cup driver, until Jackson Storm, a next-gen racer, enters a race and is surprisingly faster, thanks to a new training technique. He wins the race, and this leads to a wave of next-gen racers entering the scene, while the veterans leave. However, McQueen wound up as the only veteran left, and crashes. It'll take some training, and help from Cruz Ramirez and some retired racers for McQueen to finally beat Storm.
Why it Rocks
- Great voice acting both from actors and NASCAR drivers, including Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, etc.
- More advanced and solid animation than previous Pixar films.
- The designs of the Next-Gen racers, especially Jackson Storm, are colorful and futuristic.
- The Florida 500 racetrack is a huge spectacle.
- Likable and great characters.
- It's a massive improvement over Cars 2, with a better story that once again focuses on Lightning.
- There are a ton of references to Cars 2, such as Doc's death, his medical office being converted into a museum, Lightning's newly installed headlights, a cameo from Jeff Gorvette, a picture of Miles Axelrod in Sterling's office, and a TV screen showing John and Nancy, the two cars in Paris, kissing.
- A suitable plot for a Pixar movie.
- It pays tribute to Paul Newman's character Doc Hudson, by showing him in many different flashbacks throughout the movie.
- The humor is a great step up from Cars 2.
- Mater does not appear that much in the entire film as he was a character who appeared most in the second.
- Mack gets a bigger role in this.
- The story can be predictable at times.
- Jackson Storm is pretty much a one-dimensional character.
- Bob Peterson is a bit of a step down from Michael Keaton as the voice of Chick Hicks. Granted, Keaton was unavailable, but still.
- Some scenes might be too intense for a G-rated film.
- It was never resolved with what happened to Sterling after Tex bought Rust-eze from him at the end.
- A minor plot hole: why was Lightning McQueen trying to improve his skills to beat better equiped racecars if he could just modify himself?