I had the privilege of being invited to an advanced screening of Planes: Fire and Rescue 3D on Monday July 14, and I’ve been dying to share my review with you all!
First and foremost, I had THE most handsome date ever – my 10 year old son. We saw Planes last year in the theaters, we’ve been to California Adventure and ridden the Radiator Springs Racers ride over and over. His daddy works for an airline. So to say that he has a good frame of reference is an understatement. This boy loves planes. He loves flying. He loves Disney movies. He was the perfect date.
I decided to see what the synopsis of the movie was before I went in. According to IMDB:
When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire.
Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) is back as our feisty little prop plane with jetliner dreams. Bad news in the form of a faulty and seemingly irreplaceable part comes Dusty’s way, and in an effort to find and reinvent his place in the world, he decides to try his wings as a fire and rescue plane. During his training, he faces challenges and overcomes fears in order to realize his goal. He learns along the way that although life may not always go your way, you have to press on and not give up!
Dusty has a comedic although semi-unwelcome love interest in this movie, Lil Dipper, who is a bit bigger than Dusty, and quite enamored with not only his notoriety, but the way he sleeps. She’s voiced by the amazing Julie Bowen (of Modern Family fame).
Dusty joins Blade Ranger (voiced by Ed Harris) and the Smokejumpers to train. We learn that Blade Ranger also has some notoriety in his past that he doesn’t like to talk about, but which has shaped his passion as a fire rescue chopper.
Disney once again presents a visual masterpiece with Planes: Fire and Rescue. The effects are wonderfully executed, and the background scenery is magnificent. The usual play on words with popular every day items that the writers and artists use in their background props were cleverly placed throughout.
As usual with most Disney movies, there were a few jokes thrown in that were aimed at the adults. The audience laughed at each of these, while they flew right over the kid’s heads. I appreciate Disney for doing this, as it proves that they are still very much holding true to the words of Walt Disney, when he said “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”.
The score was on par with typical Disney movies. The original song “Still I Fly” was performed by Spencer Lee, and I predict that it will be a hit. During one of the scenes they used AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and my 10 year old was jamming in his seat.
One of the main lines in the movie really hit home for me and my son. “When others fly out, heroes fly in”. The tribute to our amazing firefighters and the situations that they willingly put themselves into every day was well done. I’m hoping that it had and has the same effect on children and adults that see this movie as it did my son and I.
On the car ride home, my son and I were discussing the movie and what his favorite parts were. He got quietly contemplative for a moment, and turned to me and said, “My favorite part was when Dusty knew he wasn’t going to be able to keep racing, but that didn’t get him down for long. He found something else that he could do and he learned about that and tried to be the best at it that he could be. And even though he made some mistakes, he still tried his best.”
And at that moment, I knew that the movie had made its intended impact.
Planes: Fire and Rescue is being released nationwide on Friday, July 18, 2014. Take your kids and have a great family movie night!