Flash Movie Review: Planes: Fire & Rescue

Without purpose life would be a continuous cycle of sleeping, eating, working and repeating it all over day after day. This procedure becomes automatic with the absence of thought, similar to being a robot. There is a price one pays when they fall into this mode. The synapses of their brain curl and wither like gnarled arthritic hands, losing movement as they become frozen in one pointless position. Purpose is what adds new colorful landscaped roads to the continual construction site of the mind. These roads can lead one to uncharted territories that spark and reveal a new concept or idea that adds fuel to one’s journey in life. One of the reasons why I decided to become a fitness instructor was due to how I was treated in phys ed classes. Not being athletically inclined, I yearned for a gym class where everyone would be treated equally; no one would be made to feel inadequate or be the butt of cruel jokes. I had a good pitching arm back then but no one looked beyond my physical girth. From that time I found a purpose that put me on my life’s path and continues to bring me unlimited joy as a fitness and yoga instructor.    THIS animated adventure film offered a similar message. Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks, Dan in Real Life) voiced the character Dusty Crophopper, a world class champion racer. Discovering he had an engine problem that could end his racing career, Dusty decided to join the aerial firefighter squadron led by Blade Ranger, voiced by Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind, The Abyss). The major challenge facing Dusty would be to see if his engine could withstand the extensive training required for the job. Visually, this movie was fun to watch with its sense of depth and variety of airplane models, but there was nothing I would consider groundbreaking. The majority of actors voicing the characters were fine in their roles, There were really no standouts except for Fred Willard (Ira & Abby, Anchorman franchise) as the Secretary of the Interior. Though this picture was listed as a comedy, the humor would only appease young children. I found the puns old and corny, not able to recall uttering a single chuckle. The biggest issue I had with this film was its lack of creativity. It was so formulaic and stereotypical that my overall feeling towards this movie was one of tiredness. I think this could have easily been released straight to DVD, there was a blandness to the whole thing. It was such a shame, because the message it was trying to convey was certainly a positive one that shined a light on a noble profession.

 

2 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 21, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Thanks for the review. I am looking forward to seeing this one myself. 🙂

  2. I’m just glad there are no zombies in it.

  3. I won’t be watching this one after sitting through Cars. Even as an animated character, Owen Wilson is one dimensional and I was never a fan of Larry the Cable Guy. Even though I realize that neither actor is in this film, I’m guessing the story and the humor plays out much as it did before and left me checking the time.

    I did however find your introduction interesting and can relate to everything you wrote. I know that day to day grind all too well and need to find my way out of it.

    And as a side note, I recently watched Ed Harris in Game Change, a docudrama based on Sarah Palin’s campaign for the vice presidency. Other stars include Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and a casts full of familiar faces. It was an enjoyable watch but hardcore supporters of Palin may not agree with the light in which she was painted.

  4. I think the real problem is Pixar becoming stuck in a series of sequels and spinoffs of other successful films. Ok Toy Story is a one-off there. Its just shows that they are stuck and will just put anything out there. Even when they take directors off films if they feel they are not following the “right” direction. I’m looking forward to their film about 5 emotions inside a girls head. Now that is worth seeing, just to see how they pull off such a complex idea.

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