Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

“Make your mark”

Pixar’s 16th feature film The Good Dinosaur is visually stunning. Probably some of the best effects I’ve seen. The movie brings the feels but lacks the fun you are use to with Pixar.

If I am not going crazy over the next horror movie ( I can’t wait for Krampus this Friday) I am get giddy when a Disney and/or Pixar movie comes out. So I was very excited to see The Good Dinosaur over last weekend. Knowing little on the plot I knew that it involved the “what if” scenario of what it would look like if Dinosaurs and Man were to coexist. It turns out that Dinosaurs evolve more than humans in this story. They take care of their own and land by farming and growing crops to store for the winters each year.

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Which brings us to the dinosaur of the hour, Arlo, the youngest of three who is a little under developed from his siblings and has a chip on his shoulder to prove to his father and himself that he is fearless, can make his mark in the world, and provide for his family. During this journey he meets his first human, who causes havoc on his land. In an attempt to get rid of them, they are thrown into danger as they journey around the mountains and in the process develop a very close friendship.

See what I mean about the feels. Thats just the tip of this feelings mountain.

This movie provides some great visual effects and some feel good if not cry out loud moments. I am not talking just a tear running down your eyes but its trying to get you to sob. Some are sad tears and some are happy tears. The story was a little bit simple. Nothing really to the plot really. Which I think is okay because it usually saves it with the laughs. That is where the sad tears part comes in. There weren’t many lol moments. Of course I did chuckle once or twice but it wasn’t up to par to some of the hilarious antics and characters from Pixar’s past. Is it just me or was the movie just a little bit stereotyped on the south. Even though this movie takes place 65 million years ago. This movie was really big on the country, farmer, hillbilly sort of vibe that didn’t really sit well with me. Kind of like how everyone was up in arms over the racial profile Lion King was getting over the villains versus the heroes and the voices who played them. An example. You’ll see what I mean when you watch it.


Good Dinosaur is a sweet movie that creates a dynamic friendship between a dino and a human that makes this movie watchable. Definitely teaches a great lesson in conquering your fears and to never give up in what you believe in, but sadly comes off a little more depressing than fun. The kids in the auditorium seemed to be paying attention to it very well but I could have categorized this as a full fledge drama and gotten away with it. By the end of the movie, there is even a slight possibility this movie will be forgotten about after 2 hours of leaving the movies. Having this follow up after the amazing Inside Out, which by the way had the same touchy feely moments but still managed to be upbeat, laugh out loud hilarious, along with memorable characters. The Good dinosaur fell short for me.

+1 for awake the whole time just for Spot the human.
+1/2 for okay story, emotional, realism, and life lessons.
+1 on voice work and great animation
0 for recommendation. Worth watching at the movies only for the visual effects
0 for replay value. No desire to see the movie a second time for a while. 

2 1/2 points out of 5

Trailers before the movie were: Finding Dory – Definitely can’t wait. The Little Prince – I didn’t read the book but it looks pretty nice.
Norm of the North – WTF enough said. The puns THE PUNS UGH!
Angry Birds – I actually want to see this one. GREAT voice cast.
Zootopia – I am still on the fence with this movie but check out this trailer. 2nd released trailer and its hilarious.



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