Wit the miss­ing link

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

PER­HAPS I was all “di­nosaured” out from this year’s mon­ster hit Juras­sic World, but Dis­ney/Pixar’s The Good Di­nosaur did not have me roar­ing its praises.

The mystery sur­round­ing those ex­tinct crea­tures from mil­lions of years ago has fas­ci­nated gen­er­a­tions of young boys and girls.

It is no sur­prise that movies about them still at­tract droves of peo­ple of all ages – how­ever, as The Good Di­nosaur proves, a clever script and great story are still para­mount.

The movie’s amus­ing hy­poth­e­sis is that the me­teor be­lieved to have wiped out di­nosaurs ac­tu­ally missed Earth and fol­lows an evolved species who farm land.

Arlo (Ray­mond Ochoa), the youngest in his fam­ily of farming apatosaurus, strug­gles to fit in and live up to his older sib­lings’ con­tri­bu­tions to the farm.

When his fa­ther is killed in a freak storm and he is washed away from home, Arlo must learn re­spon­si­bil­ity as he makes his way home through per­ilous ter­rain and a mix­ture of preda­tors.

Pos­si­bly one of Dis­ney/Pixar’s most straight­for­ward sto­ries swaps witty and imag­i­na­tive sto­ry­telling for heart­string tug­ging.

While there are some fun mo­ments, a few laughs and some scenes where tis­sues are definitely re­quired, the sig­na­ture wit is no­tably miss­ing.

Time and care has clearly been put into the look of this film; the scenery of­ten looks like ac­tual footage.

A vis­ual treat to be sure, but not as in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­lat­ing for adults as past ef­forts from the usu­ally re­li­able Pixar team.

Arlo and Spot.

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