Even as a kids movie, Planes is not good at all.
Cars was a successful film. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not a good film, but you cannot deny the success the franchise brought to Disney. The sequel might be worse than the first movie, but it’s still an undeniable success with a lot of toy opportunities. All the merchandise values get to Disney’s head and they came up with the brilliant idea to focus on the airplanes in the world of Cars. Thus, Planes is born. While the approach is understandable, the movie really isn’t great at all. Even for kids.
The movie was originally meant as a direct to DVD movie. However, after screen-test it, Disney decides to put the movie out on the big screen and even in 3D as well! This is where the mistake was made- when it’s the last time you’re impressed with a direct to DVD movie?
The movie follows a simple formula: a cropduster plane named Dusty (Dane Cook) dreams to become a racer (sounds familiar?). With the help of his fuel truck friend Chug (Brad Garrett) and forklift/mechanic Dottie (Teri Hatcher), Dusty manages have a place in a world racing tournament and a chance to race against the best in the world. Some top racers include champion and asshole Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith), Luchador El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui), French-Canadian Rochelle (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the English contestant Bulldog (John Cleese), and the exotic Indian Ishani (Priyanka Chopra).
The movie is a typical underdog trying to prove himself kind of story. Since the movie is run of the mill, one would expect that at least the joke is funny to make up the boring parts. That’s not the case. The jokes are hard to understand, and only deserve some sympathy chuckles. At first I though it’ only not funny to me cause I’m an adult, but that’s not the case. The theater I was in was full of children, but at the same time, the quietest I’ve ever been to. The adults are not laughing at the jokes, and neither are the kids.
The movie can be really racist as well with all the stereotypes. The Mexican contestant El Chupacabra is the funniest character in the whole movie, but at the same time the most racist. The stereotypical portrayal of love driven Mexican man is overdone by now already, and we see it way too many times. Yes, all Latino men are romantic, and all Asian men are smart.
The story about Dusty’s mentor Skipper (Stacy Keach) is not intriguing at all. The characters made a big deal that he lied about his life, but I don’t see what the problem is. The lie is so trivia, it seems like the movie just want to teach kids a silly little lesson about lying. The character is distant, and hard for viewers to relay.
Bad story, stereotypical character and puns that don’t work at all, Planes is a movie to steal parents’ money. I would rather watch R.I.P.D. again then give this movie another chance.
Okay, I lied. I will never watch R.I.P.D. again.