The Good Dinosaur
Yes, I’m a grown ass man and I love Pixar movies. There, I said it. I can’t help it. They make me giggle like Bieber and cry like Kanye. That being said, let’s see if The Good Dinosaur is actually…err…good.
The Good Dinosaur?
So what if, 65 million years ago, that one colossal asteroid missed Earth by a hair’s breadth and didn’t drive the dinosaurs to extinction? Obviously this would lead to dinosaurs working as farmers -duh- and humans still walking on all fours. Our main dino, Arlo the Apatosaurus (giraffe dinosaur), is the youngest member of an agrarian family of five. He’s weak, small and afraid of anything that moves. But when a cruel twist of fate leaves him stranded and alone in the wild, he has no choice but to team up with an unlikely -not really- ally and try to get back home.
The Mediocre Dinosaur?
It’s no secret that this project has had some speed bumps on its way to the audience. It took Pixar six years of development, several changes in both script and cast and even a different director to finally get it released. Unfortunately it really shows in the movie.
Firstly, I want to give props to Pixar for the animation of the background scenery because it is straight up stunning. I seriously had some doubts there for a moment wether I was watching an animated or a live action movie. So kudos for that. Sadly, the same can not be said of the character’s design. They looked underdeveloped and bland, like they were developed by…well…anyone other than Pixar. The contrast in animation is so noticeable that the characters almost look out of place in this realistic environment. Even more so once you see the tragic experiences they go through.
Which brings us to the story that is, again, very inconsistent. The first act, watching Arlo’s struggle to fit in with his family, is a downright snooze fest. It looks like whoever was in charge couldn’t be bothered anymore so they handed over the reins to their janitor for a while. No offense, Scruffy.
After that, the movie wakes you up with a scene that is awfully similar to a certain Disney classic –you’ll know- and the adventure finally takes off. Now this is the part where the movie shines. Arlo’s reluctant teamup with a human kid, called Spot, provides us with some very genuine and heartfelt moments that belong right up there with Pixar’s best. Some of them involving: a hilarious blow-a-mole -what?- game; having a psychedelic trip after eating some rotten fruit; and a heartbreaking scene with just sticks and sand. Other than that, the remainder of the movie is a patchwork of storylines they don’t follow through and characters you’ll forget about before you finish your Diet Coke.
The Good Dinosaur is a bit what disappointment looks like, this movie performs so inconsistently that it makes you wonder if it’s actually the same movie. Had it been any other studio I would have dubbed it as an okay, fine movie. But that’s the cross of being a Pixar production, this was definitely the most mediocre movie they have brought out since Brave –we do not talk about ‘Cars’ in this house-. Like my parents always tell me, I expect more .
But in the end it is still a family movie. Kids will love the silly action and the jokes that go over their heads, will keep the adults interested. The good moments in this film are few and far between but when they do show up, you’ll be reminded of why you still claim to buy movie tickets just because your little sister wanted to go. And that’s just fine.
Director(kinda): Peter Sohn
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright
Duration: 93 minutes
How to watch? -not as bitter old man; on any screen