I was so excited to go to my first advanced screening. The AMC theater in Downtown Disney is pretty nice, though the lobby area and bathrooms should get a face lift. Right now parking is a little bit of a hassle because they are in the process of building a parking garage for the new “Disney Springs”.
I went into Planes not expecting much. I mean overall Disney has not had many blockbusters from a sequel, much less a spin off. When the movie first started, I thought I was watching Cars. A lot of the same character personas are present. You have a Planes’s version of McQueen, Mater, Sarge, and many others in this movie. You have the story of a character who wants to be a top racer, though Dusty is not arrogant like McQueen. You have the setting of a small, hole in the wall town like Radiator Springs. The movie is not a complete copy cat though and is worth your money to go see this in the theater.
I mentioned in my Monster’s University review that I was not all that impressed with the use of the 3d technology, and told you to skip the 3d extra cost. Planes makes good use of the 3d technology and at times I felt as if I was riding along with Dusty in his adventures. The depth of field you see is amazing, you feel as if you are in the movie. The scenery is good, but not as breathtaking as in Oz or Brave. I wish they would of done a better job with that because there could have been a whole lot of “wow” scenery moments.
Planes is a movie both kids and adults will enjoy. Several jokes have adult punch lines that kids would be clueless to, but made me laugh out loud. Plane’s is educational as it showcases several countries and Disney does an excellent job of tying in the cultural references while still making it entertaining! The movie also deals with the concepts of bullying, teamwork, and honesty.
My favorite aspect of this film is the homage paid to veterans. I was choking up in one scene in particular that portrayed how difficult it is to be in charge in the military. That particular scene also showed a side of our military, that a lot of people don’t care to see- the effects of ones’ choices as a leader. Planes shows a veteran that made a mistake and then lived in the shadow of his mistake, rather than healing and moving on.
Overall, I rate this movie a 6.5/10.
Disney’s Planes Movie Trailer
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