Starring: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, and Brad Garrett.
Director: Klay Hall.
Let me start off with a warning that I saw this film several months ago as an advance showing and it is possible that changes have been made since then. That being said, if you always loved Cars, but wished it had been about planes instead—then this is the movie for you.
Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is a crop dusting plane with ambitions of becoming a world class racer. There are a couple of problems with that scenario; he’s afraid of heights and he’s a crop duster. However, with the help of the old, gruff retired Navy fighter, Skipper (Stacy Keach), he learns enough about flying fast to qualify for the race.
And what a grand race it is. Planes from all over the world have gathered to participate. There is Bulldog (John Cleese) from
, Ishani (Priyanka Chopra) from England , and my children’s favorite El
Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui) from India . With help from his trusy
ground-vehicle side kick, Chug (Brad Garrett), he faces off against an elite
group of flying machines in a race around the world. Mexico
The story is cute. Unfortunately, it was too much like Cars. The hero is interesting in winning a race and becoming famous. He is mentored by a grizzled veteran with a tragic past. And his best friend is a deep-voiced goof. The story is predictable and I found myself frequently comparing it to Cars. On the positive side, it is a cute movie with great voice acting and a lot of laughs.
I give Planes a solid three Movie Bucks for good family entertainment. You probably will enjoy it more at a discount showing where you won’t lament paying full price for a movie you sort have already seen.
Randy’s Rating System
$$$$ = Full Price See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$ = Matinee Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$ = Discount Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$ = Rental Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0 = No Sale Don’t see this movie at any price.