The Good Dinosaur: Review

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As a huge Pixar fan I was very excited for this film as the idea was unique and the concept art looked beautiful. I was not disappointed by the trailer with the long awaited introduction of  dinosaur Arlo and his human side-kick Spot.

Arlo is unlike the rest of his dinosaur family - he is nervous and scared of most things. When he falls into a river and carried far away from home, Arlo must confront everything that he is scared of to find his way to his family. With the help of his new human friend Spot, they must learn the true meaning of family and facing your fears. 

As beautiful as the animation is (even the small details can't go unnoticed here, truly breathtaking), Pixar's latest film The Good Dinosaur unfortunately doesn't deliver the same emotional punch as their previous films.

Don't get me wrong, there are some tear-jerking moments here, but the opportunity for an exciting and terrifying adventure seems to have been lost. The Good Dinosaur was supposedly plagued by production problems, with the story going through some serious rewrites and original director Bob Peterson removed from the film just last summer. 

I can't help but feel that The Good Dinosaur falls short on the most fundamental part of storytelling - the story. Yes the characters are endearing and the animation is its usual Pixar perfection, but the story seems rather bare. The characters however are as memorable as ever,  with Arlo, Butch the T-rex and Arlo's Poppa Henry stealing the show. Perhaps with a few more interesting plot points The Good Dinosaur would have really hit the mark, because the animation is some of the best they've ever done. I dare you to watch this film and not be moved by the animation with the atmospheric score.

My rating: 6/10

The Good Dinosaur is directed by Peter Sohn and stars Raymond Ochoa, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright and Sam Elliott. 


The Good Dinosaur is in cinemas now!

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