Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.
So much average
After playing with our expectations, this turns out to be a very different sort of film.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.
This film reminds me of its predecessor, Cars, in many ways. First, they both share the same world where vehicles have human values. But more importantly, it's the story where the main hero tries to reach a great success in the field he loves - racing. But this time, the main hero has perfectly normal values, isn't conceited, and doesn't act like a jerk. But to give him a handicap, the authors decided to make him unsuitable for what he wants, so that being a racer would be very unlikely for him. The film has a very simple logic, it is very predictable, but that doesn't make it lose its charm of an individual fighting against everyone and eventually winning. I was glad to see him win, even though I knew it would end up like that. The humour in the story is rather funny (although sometimes terribly wrong), but I laughed several times anyway, and I'm not a young kid.The characters are all right (some of them seem to have their counterparts in Cars), although there is very strongly distinguished who the good ones are, and who the bad ones are making this story too idealistic. What I personally minded was a full song appearing in a film. To me, it's a complete waste of time, and the film would work without it just as well.To sum it up, you won't get many surprises when watching this, no profound thoughts are included, but if you're looking for simplicity and some fun, or consider watching a film with your kids, Planes is a good choice. I enjoyed it.
So far, this (spoiler alert!) is the only 1 I would give to a "Disney" movie, and even then, I'm just being generous for the animation, which for DisneyToon standards is watchable. But considering how the rest of the film is the most tediously insufferable I've ever seen, the animation works against it. The story is far from innovative and is executed in the most predictable way possible, and right away, you will want to assume that Dusty wins the race (which ACTUALLY happens, as if DisneyToon wants to appeal to under 2-year-olds). The characters virtually never take a break from speaking or doing something else, and plenty of the foreign planes (come to think of it, how are cars and planes, and presumably everything else, constructed in this world anyway?) are just stereotypical. The jokes are closer to cringeworthy than not hilarious, including an oil sight gag that is supposed to substitute for fecal matter. And speaking of that, 2013 happened to be among the worst years for modern animation, alongside 2006. DisneyToon, we didn't need you throwing more on top of that biohazardous, malodorous pile. How disappointed are we at John Lasseter for even green lighting this? Plenty, as this is a film that should be avoided at all costs. It's just another shameless cash grab under Disney's flag to sell more RC planes and such, but offering none of the possible appeal of Cars.
Reading other viewer comments sometimes really amazes me. This flick has quite it's share of negative reviews for one reason or another, and I scratch my head wondering why all the bad press for what's nominally a kid's movie. I can't see where the idea of pushing one's self to excel at something and get better at it is such a bad idea, but in the current culture that seems to reward mediocrity I guess that's what happens. Personally I thought the film made clever use of it's characters and situations, and I got a kick out of a scene in a crowded airport where a large, inconsiderate airplane bumped into a smaller one who exclaimed "I'm working here!" - a Midnight Cowboy/Dustin Hoffman reference if I ever saw one. Thanks to this picture, at least now I'll know what a three pylon chicane and a half-Cuban eight are supposed to be; you just don't get that kind of education in movies any more. For all you naysayers out there, it ain't how fast you fly, it's how you fly fast that really matters.
I'm not sure why there is so much negativity aimed at this movie. I enjoyed every second of the movie and would definitely watch it again.Yes the story line is predictable and we all know what the outcome is going to be, but don't we know that already is most animated movies?I thought it was an inspiring story and gives out the message that if we treat people well , and help people, then good things can come your way when you need it, which works out well for dusty when everyone gives him spare parts for the goodness he shown them and the courage he shown making the journey.It teaches the lesson you can be what you want and you don't have to be told what you are and i like that.