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Movie Review: Planes

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 4 years and 5 months ago

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Whether or not “Cars” deserved a spin-off can and/or will be a topic of discussion once “Planes” hits theaters. However, no matter where one stands, it’s the little ones that’ll determine the outcome of this would-have-been-straight-to-DVD piece. That said, parents have another reason to “do away” with the little ones for a bit.  

“Planes” exposes us to Dusty (Dane Cook) – a plane with big dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. There’s a catch though, Dusty isn’t exactly built for racing – and oddly afraid of heights. So he turns to Skipper (Stacy Keach), a seasoned naval aviator who helps him qualify to take on the defending champ of the global race circuit. Dusty’s courage is then put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving unlimited inspiration to soar high and mighty.

If you’ve seen one underdog story, you’ve seen them all! Latest pieces resembling this are “Monsters University” and “Turbo.” However, it doesn’t mean it came off lame. Although not necessarily reinventing the wheel, “Planes” turned out to be cute, funny, entertaining, and quite appealing considering my appreciating to have seen a world within the realm of “Cars.”

Aside from its quirky, colorful world of high-flying pleasures, there are several stand-out characters in this story. With the usual approach of starting off sketchy, then morphing into respectful types once Dusty earns his stripes, one of my personal favorites had to be “El Chupacabra” (Carlos Alazraqui). In many ways balancing the level of drama and comedy, this particular character, in my personal opinion, stood out a lot more than the rest – including the film’s lead.

In a world where it’s all about money, Disney’s approach on possibly starting a new franchise, along with selling new product, is apparent. There’s nothing secretive about their shameless approach on seeking new financial horizons, but that’s another story. Overall, despite my “gripes,” it was a quick, cute, pleasurable experience. If anything, one that allowed my spirit to travel around the world in 90 minutes.


Grade: B / Genre: Animation, Adventure, and Comedy / Rated: PG / Run Time: 90 Minutes

Starring: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Carlos Alazraqui

Directed by: Klay Hall



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