Cars 3 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Cars 3 by Randy Newman.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 75.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 1.4
Album Excellence: 2.8%
Cars 3 is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Brian Fee and starring Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo & Chris Cooper. It is the third installment in the Cars film franchise and a direct sequel to Cars 2 from 2011. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage. The score is composed by Randy Newman.
It seems that Cars went off the rails a bit with Cars 2, but seems to be back on track with Cars 3. It’s going back to it’s racing roots for Lightning McQueen. As much as I have enjoyed the movies, the score hasn’t quite delivered. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but it doesn’t seem to get to the excitement level it should. Randy Newman is back though for a second time and I’m not going to say it… Oh yes I am. second time’s the charm? The score opens with ‘Storm’s Winning Streak’ and I assume this is not what McQueen likes to see at all. The music is whimsical but also a little bit heroic, but in a waltz-like way. It’s not bad, but I hope the score push on from there.
Maybe I’m not old school enough, but cues like ‘Mater On The Horn’ is why I’m not entirely comfortable with the Cars series. Toy Story had the same problem. The music doesn’t need to be this whimsical and quirky to push through the point that it is whimsical. I feel the music could and should have been something else. Maybe I’m spoiled though with all the great music for animated films that exists. Just because a movie is animated doesn’t mean the music has to be animated, and certainly not like this. David Newman’s Ice Age for example was cartoonish, but that worked great because it’s over the top zany and silly. The music to Cars 3 is a bit slow paced which doesn’t help matters. I find that it’s when the music is most “serious” like ‘Doc’s Painful Demise’, I enjoy it the most. So the Cars franchise still doesn’t make me happy like for example the Planes franchise but there you go. Maybe you’ll enjoy it.
3. Doc’s Painful Demise