Flash Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

I always assumed as we got older we would have fewer things to frighten us. It seems that is not the case, we just trade them in for other ones. These days I hear individuals say they are afraid of growing old or scared to drive at night. I can relate to the growing old one; I still have so many things I want to do that I may not be able to do as well when I get older. Is it proper to say an older person’s fears are more rational than a child’s? I do not think so because I believe a child just has less exposure to the ways of the world compared to a seasoned adult. Recently I was using public transportation and saw a mother trying to get their little boy into the train car from the station. He was crying and screaming it turned out because he was afraid of the sliding doors that opened by themselves. I could understand it if the child had never seen this before; he may have been scared the doors would close on him. I can remember the first time I encountered an escalator; it looked like a scaly snake slithering uphill. My fear was compounded by the warnings about sleeves getting stuck in the rolling arm rails and shoelaces in the moving steps. After seeing other people walking onto the escalator first and with a little coaxing, I finally stepped on one of the moving platforms and rode up to the top. Of course, once I was done I had to go back and do it again because it was so much fun. Fear has a way of holding us back from discovering something new.    CIRCUMSTANCES would force young Arlo, voiced by Raymond Ochoa (A Christmas Carol, Pair of Knights-TV), to conquer his fears; they had to if he ever wanted to see his family again. This animated adventure had an interesting idea for a story; what if dinosaurs never became extinct? The writers could have taken this in so many ways, but ultimately I feel it became a secondary theme to them. Instead this story, geared towards children, was pretty much standard fare. It did not offer any surprises for me. However, visually this picture was one of the most beautiful and realistic looking CGI created films I have ever seen. I kept catching myself focusing on the landscapes, trying to figure out if they were actually real. Since I have seen enough of these types of films, this one was strictly straightforward minus the humor. In fact, I was sure one scene showed the main characters eating something that produced hallucinations; I wondered how parents would explain this to their children. For a Pixar studio movie this one was lacking for me. Hopefully this was an anomaly so I won’t become afraid of seeing any of their future films.

 

2 3/4 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 30, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. terriffic auctually . ya know . Disney: Tell your plan Marvel: Make fans jump out in joy Pixar: Make fans cry a lot an dis one makes one cry sumtimes also ..is very touchin 🙂 kewl post-it an share 🙂 thanQ

  2. I’m probably taking my kids to see this later in the week when they have a half day. My youngest are gagging to see it but the trailers don’t have me as excited as I normally am for a Pixar movie.

  3. Honesty keeps your reviews valuable.

  4. Yeah I’m glad you pointed out that hallucination scene. I laughed, but also found it a bit odd stuck in a Pixar film. Indeed, how is a mother/father supposed to explain that to young Johnny if he should ask what that part was all about? lol

  5. I haven’t seen the movie yet but the description of the hallucination scene reminds me very much of the Heffalumps and Woozles dreaming scene in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.

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