Planes 2: Fire and Rescue – A Review

Feel-good tunes, colourful characters and slick graphics ensure Planes 2 is certainly worth a watch. Balancing jokes aimed at adults as well as the kids, this is fun for the whole family.

Planes 2

Planes 2 is set in the skies above the world of Disney’s Cars. If you have seen Planes (1) then you’ll be pleased to hear that crop-duster-turn-racing-champion, Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is back for another high flying adventure. We last saw Dusty win the round-the-world championships and overcome his fear of heights. Now, when his gearbox becomes damaged, destroying his chances of ever racing again, he trains to become a fire fighting plane. Joining forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) and his team The Smokejumpers, it’s up to Dusty to help battle a raging wildfire. Are Dusty’s dreams of racing truly been extinguished forever or will they reignite?

The voice cast includes Dane Cook (Dan in Real Life), Ed Harris (Gravity) and Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) who do excellent jobs at bringing their characters to life. The combination of a fast paced script, cheesy jokes and goofy voices makes it enjoyable and fun to follow for the youngsters, but adults might find themselves cringing.

This is Disney so of course the storyline was always going to be predictable, but the occasional injection of adult humour in the script makes it more memorable. With ‘Honkers’ being the local bar and pick-up trucks trying to impress the girls with their cheesy pick-up lines, there are several references which will have the adults giggling. Even a nostalgic spoof of the eighties motorbike cop show Chips, is adapted to ‘Chops’ and stars brave, crime-fighting helicopters.

Even though the storyline doesn’t quite take off, oodles of effort was clearly put into the graphic effects. The 3D elements are subtle and selectively used to create depth and a sensation of flying. Everything from the leaves on the trees to the fluffy clouds is incredibly realistic. According to director Roberts Gannaway, it took more than two years to create a perfectly realistic effect for the red retardant which real life fire and rescue planes drop onto flames.

Honestly, Planes 2 will never be considered one of the classics like Toy Story or Finding Nemo, but those are very high standards and this is still a fun and witty film that will make the whole family laugh.

Planes 2 is released in cinemas August 8.

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