Movie Review – Planes: Fire and Rescue
With a limited number of animated films coming out this summer, parents are certainly in need of an easy “movie day” option for the entire family. Well, Disney is here to save the day, with Planes: Fire and Rescue!
Fire and Rescue is the sequel to Disney’s successful 2013 film, Planes, which centers on a crop-dusting plane named Dusty, whose dreams are bigger than the ho-hum of his daily life. The Planes franchise is derived from the familiar world of Pixar’s Cars, featuring many references to its parent series, but the newest film to join this unique world takes Dusty on a journey to battle wildfires.
From a Christian perspective, this film teaches great lessons about facing adversity and being willing to seek God’s will in our lives. Dusty is faced with a problem that greatly changes his life, and, in the aftermath of change, he struggles to accept the present and put the past behind him.
After witnessing an act of sacrifice, Dusty begins to consider his life’s purpose. Eventually, he begins to question whether his hopes and dreams are worth him giving up his true calling.
Often times, God closes some doors and opens others, but it is our job, as a followers of Christ, to actually step through those doors and accept his will for our lives. Unfortunately, as Christians, we will face trials, and the phrase “God won’t give us more than we can handle” just isn’t the truth. Sometimes, God gives us more than we can handle, and, through those trials and troubles, we grow closer to him.
When we put away our selfish pride, we are able to see God’s ultimate plan for our lives, and that plan is greater than anything that we could ever imagine.
Using great animation to display emotion, Planes: Fire and Rescue offers an easy conversation starter for parents hoping to talk with their child about trusting God. The movie comes in at only 1 hour and 10 minutes but moves quite fast, keeping both kids and parents attentive and awake!
Planes: Fire and Rescue features the voices of Dane Cook (Dusty), Ed Harris (Blade Ranger), Julie Bowen (Lil Dipper), John Michael Higgins (Cad), Hal Holbrook (Mayday), Brad Garrett (Chug), Teri Hatcher (Dottie), and Cedric the Entertainer (Leadbottom). The film currently sits at 44% on the Tomatometer on RottenTomatoes.com, and premiered with an $18 million box-office gross, this weekend.
Recommended for families with kids 10 and under.