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I’m going to keep this review short and sweet, kind of like how Planes Fire And Rescue is. Planes Fire And Rescue is about the continuing adventures of Dusty played by Dane Cook. After becoming a champion of the racing circuit, Dusty is on cloud nine. That is until Dusty and his crew realize that an important part integral to Dusty’s racing career is slowly breaking apart and it  only gets worse when Dusty and the gang realize the part he needs is no longer in production. As a way to fill the gap left in his life Dusty decides to help out his friends by becoming a fire fighting plane. To fulfil this duty Dusty has to train with a misfit group of fire fighters and this is where our new adventure really kicks off.

Planes Fire And Rescue is best  described  like this, a high budget lesson in fire fighting. Now that’s not a bad thing, if you’re interested in fire fighting. I’m not really into it but it was a fun dynamic for the team to go down. It gave the world a very real feeling, but this was a problem because then you have a world filled with living vehicles. This was constantly on my mind, how does  the world really work? It’s an odd nitpick but it was always in the back of my head and it took me out of  the movie several times. Planes Fire And Rescue is really for the kids and I don’t mean ten year old’s, I mean five year old’s because Planes Fire And Rescue is not thought provoking enough to engage an audience above six years old. The characters are charming, at times, though unfortunately for the most part they are the usual boring group of misfits who are the underdogs who just want to get the job right that we’ve seen done time and time again. My biggest gripe was the fact that it felt like the scenery was moving at a snails pace, meaning that other animations like  How To Train Your Dragon 2  leaves Planes Fire And Rescue  in the dust with their beautiful, sweeping animation as you watch the characters soar through the air. There are times when the pace picks up but  it’s over far too quickly for you to really take it all in.


There are some laughs but nothing ground breaking and it’s a shame because the comedic talent on hand is fantastic. Dane Cook, love him or hate him can be funny given the right material also there is the legendary Patrick Warburton and John Cleese but they are shoehorned into minor roles that impact nothing really in the movie. it feels at times like they are genuinely trying to make you  feel  for these characters. I suppose the main problem with Planes Fire And Rescue is that it’s not bad but it’s not  good. It is simply mediocre.

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Graham Day

Graham Day

I am a geek first and foremost. I love animation, film and comics. I live in Dublin, Ireland and love it. I have met so many amazing people over the years, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Mark Millar and Scott Snyder to name but a few. I love to sketch, write and talk about geek news. I went to college for five years, three years animation and two years communication and media. All opinions are my own so I hope they're witty and original, I'm fairly certain they're not.