PLANES: in cinemas now [short review]

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IN CINEMAS NOW

RUNNING TIME: 91 min

REVIEWED BY: Dr Lenera, Official HCF Critic

 

planesDusty Crophopper is a cropduster plane who works at a cornfield and practices aerobatic manuveurs in his spare time, dreaming of becoming a racer. His dreams are scorned by his boss Leadbottom and his forklift/mechanic friend Dottie, but he is supported by his fuel truck friend, Chug. Dusty and Chug train for qualifiers for the upcoming Wings Across the World race. On the night before the qualifiers, Dusty asks an elderly, reclusive navy war plane named Skipper Riley to teach him how to fly well but Skipper refuses. Dusty enters the qualifiers, the audience mocking him for being a crop duster,but  he manages to wow them by his well-practiced flight maneuvers and just about qualifies due to the plane ahead of Dusty using an illegal fuel enhancement. Skipper decides to mentor Dusty on his speed and agility, despite Dusty admitting that he has a fear of heights….

Because it’s a spin-off from Cars, and even has one character from them appearing [Brent Mustangberger], not to mention some tractor-tipping, Planes seems to be considered by most to be a Pixar film, but it’s actually from Disney. It’s odd if Pixar didn’t want to release Planes to cinemas, considering that the quality of Pixar’s work is diminishing like Disney’s, if not as fast. In any case, Planes, which was originally intended for a straight-to-DVD release, is strictly average fare. Children may be absorbed for an hour and a half by something that will probably feel to most adults like an excuse to sell toys, but said adults may not be too involved in a story that doesn’t have any originality once they get over the idea of planes with faces – unless they remember Jumbo And The Jet Set. You get the familiar messages about following your dream and proving to the world that you can be more than what everyone else tells you that you have to be. There’s also the typical cultural stereotypes. The laughs are minor, with some gags repeated from the Cars films, and there’s even a variation of the Doc character. The animation is good and there’s some typically great detail, while the final race is quite exciting. There’s nothing really terribly wrong with Planes, but it is still weak, lazy stuff.

Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

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I'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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