Saturday, August 24 2013, 01:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: Planes
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Klay Hall
Starring: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett
Genre: Animated, Adventure, Comedy
Recommended To: Disney fans, children obsessed with airplanes and adults that don’t mind seeing something overly familiar.
Synopsis: A cropdusting plane pushes aside his duties for the chance to fly in an around-the-world aerial race.
Review: Originally intended as a direct-to-video spin off of Cars Disneytoon’s Planes isn’t quite on par with Toy Story 2 (which was also began life as a direct-to-video release), but it is good enough to warrant a theatrical release. The story of an outcast chasing down their dreams despite strong opposition is a common one. We’ve already seen it this summer in DreamWorks’ Turbo and we’ll most certainly see it again somewhere in the not-so-distant future. Fortunately Jeffrey M. Howard’s screenplay is good enough to keep things interesting despite the fact that almost any audience member could perfectly describe the film’s finale without seeing anything more than a synopsis on IMDB. Also, in spite of the formulaic script, the film feels less forced than Cars 2. Which was all I was really hoping for in the first place.
-Ryan Michael Painter