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Times of India
Can a tiny crop-dusting plane with a fear of heights fly beyond its limits and challenge racing aircrafts to win an around-the-world aerial race?
Set in the world of cars, Disney's latest film is about cute planes with adorable big eyes and diverse accents, who race each other to win the Wings Across the World race. Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook), a little crop-dusting plane with a big heart and bigger dreams, enters the competition, in spite of fearing heights and lacking strength. He trains under a former navy fighter jet Skipper (Stacy Keach) for the competition. Does he win?
Made on a modest budget,
is about conquering your fears, pushing your limits and believing in the beauty of your dreams. It's the classic
David and Goliath
tale, where you bring home the message that 'It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice'. Through its central character, the film also tries to defy the adage 'good guys finish last'. While you are expected to cheer for Dusty, the underdog, what entertains you more is the flirting that goes on between Spanish (Carlos Alazraqui) and a Canadian plane.
While the film is loaded with typically sweet Disney moments, what makes it forgettable is the formulaic story-telling, predictable climax and a familiar plot that fails to keep you hooked emotionally. It's strictly made for younger kids. Also, do keep your expectations in check, for it's not a PIXAR film. The 3D doesn't add much to the movie-viewing experience.
The major attraction of the film is Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's voiceover debut in a Hollywood production. The actress impresses as she lends her seductive voice to an Indian plane, Ishani. Her accent does not sound too Indian though. Like it happens in most Hollywood films, the sitar starts playing every time she appears. One gets to hear T
AR Rahman's composition from
for a brief moment too.
has its share of fun moments but is underwhelming, especially when compared to the kind of animation films that are being made today.