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Planes: Fire & Rescue: Movie Review


Uninspired is the first word that comes to mind when we saw "Planes: Fire & Rescue". The film, a sequel to "Planes" (of which itself is a spin-off of Pixar's "Cars" franchise) is beautiful to look at but at closer inspection lacks the emotional and plot depth that we usually expect from Disney films. And yes, this wouldn't pass Pixar's standards for sure. What we do end up getting is something the younger audience will find entertaining but will leave the adults feeling a little bit left out.

When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) returns to his hometown Propwash Junction after another winning season, a fateful training run changes his course with a career-ending injury. He finds his gearbox broken and unable to push himself to air racer levels. Unfortunately, his gearbox model is old enough that no one manufactures it already. Forced to shift gears, he decides to train with the Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT). The heroic, often life-threatening efforts involved are admirable but seemingly impossible to master especially if you’re a crop duster-turned-racer with an injury that can’t be ignored.

"Planes: Fire & Rescue" is formulaic in nature which means its utterly generic in every aspect. From the story and even the jokes, we felt that this is total rehash territory. A racer who finds himself in a small town with an old and wise mentor with a secret sound familiar? One thing we can commend with "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is probably its visuals. It's beautiful to say the least and mesmerizing at times. The soundtrack was pretty good too. Overall, kids will definitely love this film because it's designed to be that way. Adults will find it passable at best. But really, we know films of this genre can be a balance of both and the clear lack of inspiration is the culprit here.

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- visuals are mesmerizing

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- generic and uninspired

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