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Cars is a hard act to follow
on August 4, 2014
My toddler son (and both his parents) really enjoy the Cars movie. We had high expectations for Planes, but I have to say it was a mostly disappointing experience. It may not be fair to compare it to Cars, but it's almost impossible not to.
The storyline is fairly entertaining but where this movie really falls short of Cars is the characters. The main character, Dusty Crophopper, is a far cry from Lightning McQueen. He's kind of bland and not very entertaining or comical. The supporting characters just aren't as well written or as memorable as the Cars supporting cast. The best character in the movie is El Chupacabra. He brings some much needed comic relief to the movie. Honestly I wish he had been a larger part of the movie. Even with El Chupacabra, there's still no one that really compares to characters like Lightning McQueen and Mater.
By the time the movie was over, my main thought was "Meh, it was just ok." I think my son shared the sentiment because he wasn't really into the movie and hasn't asked to watch it again (like he has with Cars). So unfair or not, the comparison has to be made, and this movie is a far cry from the richly entertaining experience of Cars.