Friday, August 9, 2013

Movie review: Disney Planes

Disclosure: I received passes to view this movie. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

This past Monday the kids and I headed over to our local movie theater for a sneak peek of a movie that we've been anxious to see-  Disney's new PLANES!

Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.

My family has a long history of loving planes- my grandparents were both pilots and I grew up visiting every aviation museum that my family ever was traveling near.  So I'm a big fan of airlines and aviation history, so I think I was more excited about the movie than the kids were. We saw the movie in 3D, and I think this is a movie that's worth seeing in that format.  It makes you feel like you're flying along with the planes in some of the scenes, which is a lot of fun.   The run time on the movie is just about an hour and a half, and I am glad it wasn't any longer, since the plot is fairly straightforward and predictable, and dragging it out any longer would have not been a good thing. The movie has lots of scenes and jokes that kids and adults alike laughed at, and it was fun to cheer for Dusty as he lived out his dreams.

However, this movie is rated PG and has one fairly intense (for a kids' cartoon) battle scene.  After that scene (particularly seeing it in 3D and on a big screen), my 6-year-old (who tends to be sensitive) pretty much wrote off the movie and is declining a repeat viewing of the movie with his grandfather.  There are also a couple of scenes in which it's not clear if Dusty is going to pull through and be able to keep flying.  Vivian (who is 4) really liked the movie a lot and talked about it the whole way home.  I also thought it was a fun movie, but not necessarily one that we will watch again and again, as we do with some Disney movies.  Overall I'd say it's good for kids, but if you have a sensitive kid or one who is old enough to understand the battle scene but too young to really deal with it (if that makes sense), you might want to hold off a bit on seeing it, or wait until it's on DVD.