Though not on the podium with the best of Pixar’s films, this third adventure with champion racing car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is still a winner.
This time, he is being overtaken by a new generation of hi-tech machines led by the swaggering Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).
Can Latina trainer Cruz Ramirez (comedian Cristela Alonzo) – once an aspirant racer herself – get him in shape to compete with these sleek rivals? Or is it time for him to retire?
This sequel remains entertaining – and it’s a distinct improvement on instalment number two.
Amid the comic antics and racetrack thrills and spills, you will find some surprisingly mature musings here on ageing and acceptance.