Better late than never, I suppose. This past weekend, we went to see Disney’s Planes in the movie theater. And in short, we enjoyed it.
Jaylin had been wanting to see Planes since he first heard about it, but as you may remember from our Beyond the Berm discussions about it, particularly in Episode 23 where Matt told about seeing it with his family, I was a bit skeptical. But that may be true about every movie now, as I evidently am starting my transformation into a grumpy old man, as we discussed in Episode 25. Not that I am claiming to be “old” just yet. But I’m not getting any younger.
I was actually a little surprised that Planes was still in the theater, but it was still showing at one local megaplex, so off we went. And actually, there was a bigger crowd than I was expecting. I guess it helped that most of the area schools were out for fall break on that particular day, and there weren’t all that many family-friendly movies out there to choose from.
But anyway, on to the actual movie. I hadn’t held high hopes for it, and I was pleasantly surprised. Just as Matt had said in his review in Episode 23, it was entertaining. Not necessarily the best movie I have ever seen, but far, far from the worst. It had plenty of comedy, some interesting, if familiar-seeming, characters, and a good story. The story is a familiar one, as Matt had said, but it wasn’t exactly the same as Cars, so it worked well here.
Of course, the movie was aimed at most anyone who had enjoyed Cars, but especially the younger ones. Jaylin (age 11, by the way) thought it was great, which was good because he was most likely in the main target age range. He laughed at all the silly stuff, and he enjoyed the action of the race that Dusty, the main character, was involved in. And after it was over, he said he wanted to go to Target and buy some of the toys from the movie. So the merchandising part of the movie evidently worked well on its target age range, too. Except that we didn’t go buy any toys. But Christmas is coming.
It is always fun to find a movie that turns out to be better than you thought. And Planes fell into that category for all in our group, which was Jaylin, Laura, my mother, and me. We had most of the ages covered there. A good movie that we could all enjoy together.
Planes probably won’t win any awards. It probably won’t be at the top of the box office or the DVD/Blu-Ray sales chart. It won’t even be at the top of my list of my favorite movies of the year. But every movie doesn’t have to be super-spectacular-outstandingly-amazingly-awesome to be enjoyable. Sometimes the smaller movies are enjoyable in their own ways, too.
And that’s how I would classify Planes: enjoyable.