“Pixar’s: The Good Dinosaur” Review
Pixar always seems to produce great films with its seemingly perfect record of making quality movies that can’t be beat, but have they possibly lost their touch and made one of their most disappointing films ever? Let’s find out! “The Good Dinosaur” follows a “what if” scenario; by having the meteor that killed off the dinosaur race miss Earth entirely; allowing primitive humans and dinosaurs to interact. Arlo, a good natured but cowardly Apatosaurus gets separated from his family during a storm while trying to catch a human child known as Spot. The two are forced to work together so they can both survive the dangers, dinosaurs and destructive forces of nature, and make their way home to their respective families.
“The Good Dinosaur” offers a breathtaking display of beautiful imagery and the occasional touching moment, close to tear jerking but never enough to make you want to reach for a tissue. If you’re used to smart humor mixed in with simple kid jokes (like Pixar is known for), you’re going to be like me and end up sorely disappointed. This film lacks any memorable characters, story, content or anything else that Pixar is usually known for. This is a soft balled, lackluster, training wheels kind of story that feels more like a step back for Pixar rather than a step forward. Any Pixar fan or movie fan for that matter will wisely tell you to check out “Inside Out” or ANY of the past Pixar films, before recommending this generic kids story, branding Pixar’s name but certainly not its spark.