Brought to you by the skills and talents that created Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Inside Out is the latest film “The Good Dinosaur”.
Early on we see our main character “Arlo” hatch from an egg and begin to enjoy family life with his Father, Mother and two other siblings. As you expect for a Disney film, Arlo stands out from the rest of his family, suffering from fear of the world. His fear slows him down from completing his daily chores that are necessary for the family to survive.
One day while Arlo is protecting food on the family farm he sees a small human child (who really acts like a dog) stealing his family’s food. Arlo’s father decides that enough is enough and decides to challenge Arlo in hopes to try and make him grow as well as also overcome his fears. It is during this something moment that something tragic happens… (Classic Disney)
Arlo returns home but shortly afterwards he sees an opportunity to complete the task his father set him.
During Arlo’s big adventure into the wild, there wasn’t a single character that I enjoyed and I hoped to see again. Every character is forgettable and not memorable, some even being mean and silly. None are funny or show the exciting, fun side which you almost expect to see in Disney films. Other characters included a Rhino, T-Rex’s and Pterodactyl’s- even with cool animals like these and more I feel all of them are annoying and even painful to watch.
To be very honest, this was a Disney movie I really disliked. This Disney title provides outstanding visual and stunning audio details (As if Pixar could ever fail at that) but this film overall is sad and easily forgettable.
The film starts off very sad and at some points it feels like the level of sadness keeps building. Also does team up with a sidekick, but when the sidekick is a boy who acts like an angry puppy dog it feels as though there is a lack of depth. With these two Disney characters, I feel we are seeing many missed opportunities.
Forgive me if I sound harsh, but to be positive there is one stand out scene where our two leads share a fantastic scene communicating about family and their parents (again it’s all very sad).
By the time the credits rolled I was so curious: how on earth did this film (in 2015) has the final results considering its Pixar? With light googling I discovered this film had many issues during development, including the story writing, casting changes and finance issues. When you watch this film all of these issues feel evident given the end result.
The Good Dinosaur overall has all has stunning animation (which always amazes me) & includes a 7.1 HD track which will really let the neighbours know you’re home. But the pain in this film is the story and its characters. To this day I still quote Many Pixar films and long for Nemo 2 & Toy Story.
This film I have forgotten already and there are no characters or quotes worth remembering here.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden