Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Fortunately, I enjoyed the movie. Once again, I'm annoyed by what critics are saying. I don't think this is a Cars retread. Yes, there are similarities. Dusty is a rookie racer, like Lightning McQueen. Skipper is a crusty mentor, like Doc Hudson. Chug is a rustic, goofy friend like Mater. However, you can find the same types of characters in many sports movies, like Rocky (1976) (Rocky's the rookie/underdog, Mick is the crusty mentor, Pauly is the goofy friend) or The Natural (1984) (Roy Hobbs, Red, and Pop fill those roles). These are character types that resonate with audiences, that's all.
And the story line and themes are very different too. Cars is all about realizing that friends and integrity are more important than winning. Planes is all about being true to yourself, following your dreams, and being honest. Very different, folks.
Did I love Planes the way I love Cars? No. Planes is lighter and doesn't hit as many of my sweet spots. But I will greatly enjoy watching this once a week for months, as I undoubtedly will be as soon as it comes to DVD.
Is it family friendly? Yes.
Oh, and I chose to use this particular poster because I got a huge kick out of Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards doing the voices for the fighter planes. They even designed their little canopy thingies to look like their characters' helmets in Top Gun (1986). I dig it!