My kids have been inspiring much jealousy in their friends this week, because Ethan and Vivian have already seen Cars 3 and everyone else has to wait until Friday. These things matter a lot in elementary school! We were so happy to get to attend a screening of the long-anticipated movie on Monday night. What did we think? We loved it! Read on below!
We've been big fans of the Cars movies since the beginning. The first one stole our hearts and, even though it was much different than the original Cars movie, we actually liked Cars 2. Cars 3 felt like a return to the feel of the first movie. My almost-10-year old son, who loves action and explosions said that he liked this one more than the first movie but less than the second one. Vivian and I both decided that Cars 3 was our favorite. Other than the crash (which is shown in the trailer for the movie), there is no violence and no scary parts. My daughter is very sensitive to this type of stuff, but there was nothing in the movie that bothered her. Our screening was attended by a number of other small children, who also appeared to have no issues.
Having recently turned 40, I appreciated the story line that focuses on Lightning McQueen not being a young race car anymore and finding his strengths in a new phase of life. There were good stories about friendship and support and seeing the best in others. I had a tear or two in my eye at the end- happy tears! The movie dragged slightly for me in the middle, but I do have a short attention span, so that wasn't unexpected. Overall, it's another Disney home run and I'm sure will be another classic addition to everyone's movie collections. All the thumbs up!