With all of the negative press in aviation right now, it was really refreshing to take a step back and just enjoy a beautifully made movie about planes. Planes Fire and Rescue is the much-anticipated (at least for avgeeks) sequel to the Planes movie that was released last year during Osh13.
I was so excited to see it that I couldn’t wait to get back home to go with my kids, so I just went by myself. After I got past the creepy looks people were giving me as they walked in with their kids, I was able to sit back and just enjoy the show.
I’m not one to just recap a movie because you can get that on IMDb or a dozen other movie sites. I prefer to focus on the sights and sounds of the planes which is what we all love anyway.
One of the first things that really caught my attention in this movie was the excellent use of music to add to the story. The first occurrence was the playing of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck as the fire crews are preparing to fight a fire. It really added to the momentum that was building in the movie.
There were also a couple of great songs by Brad Paisley that I really enjoyed. One in particular is called All-in that is a great tribute to all firefighters, but particularly to those who fight wildfires. This song will never have the following of Let it Go from Frozen, but it deserves even more attention because of the message it shares.
To go a long with the great music, there was of course the great sound of airborne engines.
My personal favorite of course was the old cargo plane “Cabbie”. They never say exactly what type of plane he is, but my best guess is that he is Fairchild C-119 better known as the Flying Boxcar. Sure I’m a little biased since my current squadron flew them back in the day, but it is a great plane that sounds even better.
I even enjoyed the helicopters that are an essential part of the firefighting effort.
There was also a lot of great little one liners from the various characters in the movie that even make grown-ups laugh. I actually enjoyed these characters a lot more than the supporting characters in the first movie. They did a much better job of translating real people into these characters, much the way that the Cars movies did.
The story had its typical unrealistic and cheesy parts just like any Disney movie, but I really enjoyed the overall message, and the real emphasis that was placed on the team in this movie. I can only hope that it will strike at the heart of more young people and get them excited about flying.
At the end of the day it was a highly entertaining movie with stunningly beautiful animation. It is the perfect movie to sit down and enjoy with your kids, or even by yourself.