Tom Doty Times Columnist
November 22, 2013
Pure entertainment of every stripe was available this week, with familiar faces and stories getting a revamp.
“Planes” — The whole family deserves a treat, and this high-flying flick fills the bill nicely. This may look like “Cars” with wings, but viewers will find that it offers an engaging story and an enlightened message about following your dreams. The plot spins on an air race that a crop dusting plane yearns to enter. Two big challenges face him, though, and they include a fear of heights and a body that wasn’t built for speed. Great fun with one of those “only in an animated film casts” that includes John Cleese, Stacy Keach and Cedric the Entertainer.
“2 Guns” — If you like big, vulgar action epics, then you will totally enjoy this all-systems-go yarn that was adapted from a graphic novel. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg stars as undercover cops who are set up to rob a bank but unaware that they are working alongside a fellow lawman. Lots of repartee and property damage ensue with a spirited ensemble that includes Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos.
“We’re the Millers” — If you want another “Hangover”-type comedy, then this one should fill the bill nicely. The story finds a small-scale weed dealer, Jason Sudeikis, in dire straits when his stash is stolen. He winds up taking a job for a large drug cartel to cover his losses, but that means transporting a large shipment of marijuana up from Mexico. His brilliant scheme involves recruiting three others to pose as his family, but we all know what happens to even the best of plans. Belly laughs aplenty follow. Jenifer Aniston all but steals the show as an erotic dancer who agrees to be his Missus for the trip.
“World’s End” — The cinematic team of Edgar Wright (writer/director), Simon Pegg and Nick Frost join forces yet again, for this comedy that also manages to be a science fiction flick. The story has four friends trying to recreate a pub crawl from their youth. They aim to have 12 pints in as many bars in one night but run into an end-of-the-world situation that forces them to rethink their plan. These guys know comedy and aren’t afraid to mix in other genres as they did with “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Funny and surprisingly meaningful.