Despite grossing heavily in the opening week, Cars 3 contained some major plot and character flaws that led to average ratings of 6/10. Though this movie is a drastic improvement from Cars 2, it still has not improved from mistakes made previously.
The new movie features a new 'next-gen racer' opponent Jackson Storm who betas Lightning McQueen, now a legacy car. McQueen, together with his trainer-turned-partner Cruz Ramirez, work together to finally beat Storm. The movie ends with McQueen taking part in his supposedly last race, and then replacing himself with Cruz in the middle of the race, guiding her in the final laps to a victory. Here is an account of why the story of these three failed yet again:
Audience unable to connect with the hero:
"...The first movie was about McQueen, and the second movie was a sort of off-ramp to the Mater story. We wanted to get back to the McQueen story." -- Co-writer Kiel Murray
Given more focus than each character:
Romantic relation of Cruz and McQueen:
Thinking differently since 2000
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--