FILM REVIEW: Planes 2 – Fire & Rescue

Dusty is back, and “When Others Fly Out, Heroes & Dusty Fly In!”

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.”

The original Planes film, was by all accounts a bit of a low point in Disney’s cannon of modern films. In our family it was a bit of a joke when the launch campaign started: “What’s next?”, we wondered, “Ships, Boats… Bikes! How far will this be milked by Disney!?” More importantly, when we did see the film on DVD, most of us only managed the first 15 minutes, and even the 4-year-old called a day after 30 minutes. Now fast-forward one year to Planes 2: Fire & Rescue.

In this sequel, a mechanical engine defect which cannot be repaired or replaced see’s hero Dusty having to give up racing for a living and all the fame & fortune that goes with it. Following a catastrophe in is home town that shuts down the airport, Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Here he hopes to qualify as a fire-fighter before returning home and bringing prosperity back to his town & friends. During the course of the events that follows Dusty with support from his fearless team learns what it takes to become a true hero.

The plot of Planes 2 is nothing new and has been told in pretty much every third Disney film since the beginning of time. However for a child (and the cinema was full of ’em!) it was highly enjoyable and they seemed to love every minute. Even my ten year old thoroughly enjoyed it, and yes, when we got home we had to watch the original all over again!

The visuals in Planes 2 are flawless – the 3D and graphics are terrific. We were told beforehand by executive producers  that the graphics for the fire scenes took over twenty months to create (so clearly Planes & Planes 2 were pretty much made back-to-back!).

In films like this it’s the support cast bring an otherwise ordinary plot to life. In this case it’s Ed Harris subbing for Paul Newman in Cars, Julie Bowen’s Li’l Dipper (who has the hots for Dusty) and the Smokejumpers who steal the show.

Sufficed to say, Planes 2: Fire & Rescue has rescued the Planes legacy. It is also worth pointing out that the film really pays homage to all the firefighters around the globe who serve (and sacrifice for) their communities. As such, this will be a great summer film for the kids, and an undeniably hit for Disney.

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue on release in UK cinemas now.

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