Oftentimes it’s hard to review children’s movies, particularly outside of the Pixar canon, because while an adult may be able to analyze the film, rarely are adults the target audience. For Disneytoon’s new sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, I called upon the review skills of unofficial mini-Fille, my seven-year-old daughter, Liliana. Her review, as told to me…
Fire & Rescue is better than the first Planes because it has a character who is kind of creepy but kind of amazing, sort of like Olaf from Frozen. Her name is Lil’ Dipper (Julie Bowen) and she has pretty red paint but is also a cool firefighter. She is the best part of the movie.
The story is about a firetruck (Hal Halbrook) who lost his job for something, and Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) goes to learn to be a firefighter to help. Some of the parts are sad, like Dusty and a helicopter (Ed Harris) getting hurt. There really isn’t anything funny in the movie, but there are good action scenes. The top actor was Dusty. But the white car, Cad, was a bad car and I have no idea why he wants to be a bad guy. Some of the parts it was hard to understand what they were talking about. But it wasn’t boring even though my four-year-old brother fell asleep. My brother did not go to bed when he was supposed to last night. It’s his fault, not the movie’s fault, that he fell asleep.
The trees where Dusty trains are kind of pretty, but not that pretty. It was scary and beautiful when the scenes had fire. Some little girls would like parts of the movie and boys would like all of it. I might be the only little girl who would like it. I would like the movie better if some characters didn’t get hurt. Boys my brother’s age, who went to bed when they were told and won’t fall asleep, should see this movie. Girls like me should go see Maleficent again. Not that I don’t like this movie, it is an entertaining movie, but Maleficent is better because she is awesome.
Liliana Anderson is going into the second grade. She enjoys eating ice cream, petting her puppy Ellie, and playing with her friends. When she grows up, she would like to be a spy and a basketball player.