We’ve really been enjoying going to the movies together as a family this spring/summer now that our almost 4-year-old is able to sit through a movie, and while I don’t typically post movie reviews, a few people have asked me what we thought of Planes this weekend, so I thought I’d share my review here.
To start, there’s two things you should know: we loved Cars (it’s still one of our favorites), and we’re kinda into airplanes.
My husband is an RC plane enthusiast, and he builds and flies planes for fun. And we all enjoy a good air show, whether it’s miniature planes in the front yard or the Blue Angels at Andrews Air Force Base.
Because of that, we were counting down the days until Disney’s Planes (which was originally intended for DVD release only) came out in theaters, and there was no doubt we were going to see it as a family.
We met some good friends of ours at the theater after church yesterday (side note: Sunday morning at 10:35 a.m. is a great time to go see a movie if you don’t want to fight the crowds!), ordered our popcorn and settled in.
When the movie started we were immediately sucked in by the incredible flying scenes, and these scenes were definitely the highlight throughout the movie. Seeing them on the big screen was pretty fantabulous!
The storyline was classic (good guy overcomes all odds in pursuit of his dreams) as well, and overall we liked the movie.
However, it was no Cars, and there were a few things I didn’t really love:
- Cheesy Dialogue. There were a few scenes in the movie where I found myself thinking, “This is made-for-DVD material.” It wasn’t all like that but unfortunately that made those scenes stand out even more, in my opinion.
- Adult Humor. I realize that this must work for children’s movie marketing since it’s so common these days, but I don’t get why we have for ruin perfectly good movies with coarse jokes and innuendos. I’m not talking about ol’ fashioned potty humor (which our families enjoys to some degree!), but stuff like “Oh, shhhh…elby!” or “Kick your Asssss…ton Martin” and references like, “Look at that prop on her!” as a “sexy” female plane taxis away, both of which just seem unnecessary.
- Overall Message. While I love a good underdog movie, the basic premise of this one was “do more than I was built for,” and that slogan, which is repeated twice in the movie, just kind of bothers me. My husband says I’m reading more into it than I should, but while I want my kids to know that they can do more than other people expect them to do, I actually want them to strive to do exactly what they were made for, whether that’s being a stay-at-home mom or a brain surgeon, because I believe that God did make them with special skills, talents and passions. Is that quibbling over wording? Probably. But it bothered me enough both times that I figured I should mention it.
We’re glad we saw this movie in the theater, if only for the race scenes, but after Despicable Me 2 and The Croods, both of which our family loved, the movie itself was a bit of a disappointment.
Have you seen Planes yet? What did you think?