Today, Planes: Fire and Rescue is flying in to theatres nationwide! Dusty Crophopper is back in the sequel to the 2013 Cars spin-off film, Planes, and this one does not disappoint! Mixed reviews have been coming in for Planes: Fire and Rescue so far, but the reviews are better than the first one, which this movie is a whole lot better than the original. Right from the start, this movie takes Dusty from a racer to a Firefighter-in-training. It starts with Dusty learning that his engine has a broken part that is unfixable, and there aren't any duplicates left in the Country. Because of this, he can't go fast, and as a result, is unable to race. Furious, he goes for a "ride" and goes too fast and he creates a fire at the small-airport or plane landing place, I can't remember the name right now though. With the help of the others, they knock over the water tower to put the fire out, which gets the place shut down. Determined to help get the place back open, Dusty volunteers to become a firefighter and begins training to get certified. He joins a team of firefighters and learns and assists in putting out wildfires alongside Blade Ranger, Dipper, Windlifter, Cabbie, and a few other cars known as 'The Smokejumpers'.
Together they fight giant wildfires and Dusty learns what a true hero is when Blade Ranger risks his life to save him. Later on, while trying to save people from a burning bridge, Dusty uses everything he's got to help save them and is completely wiped out for 5 days. Thanks to one of his team mates, during that time, his engine is completely repaired and he is officially certified as a Firefighter! Overall, I thought Planes: Fire and Rescue was a huge step in the right direction for the Planes series. It had a more original plot, a good message, and great characters, some of which was lacking in the first film. I did see the film in 3D, but it didn't add anything, so I recommend just sticking with the 2D for this film. I do think, however, this film won't really appeal to adults as much as kids, but it is a great movie for the family to see together! I personally would give it 3 out of 5 stars.