Planes 2: Fire and Rescue can be applauded for heading into a different direction than a standard sequel narrative. Nevertheless, the are a number of issues which detract from the overall enjoyment of the film.
Preparing for his next big race, Dusty finds out that his engine is damaged. Pondering how this will effect his career, Dusty is offered an opportunity to train as a firefighting plane…
The premise of Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is decent. Instead of plumping for a recycled plot of the protagonist continuing on the trajectory of the first film and overcoming obstacles, Planes 2 opts to do something different. The film fashions a new career for its protagonist, offering him less of the glamour for something more worthwhile.
The main issue with Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is that the narrative is not very inspiring. The new characters introduced in the film are not that interesting, leaving the burden to carry the story on the shoulders, or rather wings of protagonist. Dusty is likeable enough, but his story is never fully engaging.
Pacing in Planes 2 is a bit patchy. The musical interlude as Dusty travels to his training feels out of place. This segment might lose the attention of the younger demographic that the film surely is aimed at. The film aims to be rather noble in its themes, although the story of being set on a different path has been executed better elsewhere.
Comedy in the film is gentle. Planes 2: Fire and Rescue raises a couple of titters, but it is unlikely that the film will satisfy older viewers on this account. More consistent humour would have been a most welcome addition, especially as the narrative fails to fully engage.
Planes 2: Fire and Rescue should satisfy fans of the first Planes film, but it is unlikely to successful captivate a new audience.