Another movie that surprised me during the Cinema Showcase* madness is Planes and surprise isn’t necessarily a positive term here. You know the movies you really hope are going to be so bad they’re good? So pathetically ridiculous that you just can’t stop crying from all the giggles it gives you? Movies so bad you want to rewatch them just to believe they’re real? Yeah, Planes isn’t one of these movies.
There is a big controversy surrounding this easily forgettable animation. First of all, it looks like Cars and Cars is a Pixar movie so what the fuck, right? Well, no. Disney has actually bought the rights from Pixar to make a movie Pixar didn’t care to make because I guess, the idea is pretty weak and Pixar tries to remain reputable (even though it’s the same bloody company either way). So Disney took Cars and turned them into Planes ans by that I mean this horror:
Well, that’s the thing- it’s not REALLY such a horror when you actually watch it. As I’ve said before, I went to the screening expecting I don’t know how crappy movie and left thinking it was actually ‘meh’. It tells the most cliche of stories about a plane who wants to become a racing plane even though it seems he wasn’t born to be one. But like with every underdog story, some things happen to make him not only a racer, but the best racer in the entire world who can win over those practicing all their lives. Quite unbelievable, but isn’t it what Disney is for?
There’s not much that can be said about Planes which is obviously straight-to-DVD movie which somehow got a chance to enter UK big screens. It is proper in every way- the 3D isn’t lazy, the flying sequences are imaginative, the characters have some sort of personalities and background stories. The film serves both as a time filler and as a good opportunity for a quick nap, but for those who are really desperate to gain some pleasure from watching it, it can actually provide some entertainment. Planes is basically whatever you wish it to be and maybe it’s not so bad…
But it is. It is because Disney isn’t, or rather, shouldn’t be a bland company making bland films. It should make either ridiculously good or completely disappointing films, but by no means should it ever leave its audience neutral. And that’s the problem with Planes. What was it about again?
*Cinema Showcase- the event for press organised usually on the hottest days of the year during which a lot of ranting people are stuck together in a dark screen from 8am to midnight. I’m serious