The (Very) Good Dinosaur

Written by on December 10, 2015

The Good Dinosaur
In Cinemas: 26 November
Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes
Rating: 4/5 stars

Millions of years ago, a meteor nearly 500 kilometers wide struck our planet and caused the dinosaurs to go extinct.

But what if that meteor never hit earth?

The Good Dinosaur answers this question by introducing a family of Apatosaurus. The star of this film is the tiniest dinosaur who came from the biggest of three eggs, Arlo.

This review does contain spoilers so be warned!

This Pixar film portrays Arlo, timid and tiny, trying to get his daily chores done. Time and time again, he either fails or runs away screaming from fear. He is tasked with protecting his family’s silo, one that contained food that would keep them alive through the harsh winter (Oh almost forgot, dinosaurs can farm in this movie). A human child is caught in the trap set but Arlo ends up saving the little one’s life.

After this incident, his father decides that its time to teach his son a proper lesson. A harsher one, for the first time he talked to his son he brought him to a field of fireflies but now, they were going into the dark woods.

His father pushes him hard and by the time he realises this, the storm had begun.

It wasn’t long before a huge body of water was coming their way and Arlo, poor young innocent Arlo, watches his father pass on before his own eyes (we cried).

The film then shows Arlo on an adventure with the very same human child who was stealing from the family silo. They end up getting caught in the river and they both have to depend on each other to survive.

Eventually they do get back home, but we’re not going to tell you how. It was nothing much really, just a bird controlling a huge dinosaur, a few flying Dino’s involved here and there, some herding T-Rexes and of course, learning how to swim.

The film had elements that were strikingly similar to Finding Nemo.

This movie was extremely fictional, (I mean c’mon, Dino farmers???) but it is still a Pixar movie nonetheless and Pixar always teaches you something, no matter how old you are. It is also probably noteworthy that this is the second Pixar film released this year, after Inside Out, something that Pixar doesn’t usually do.

Cinemania loved this supposedly kid film (adults watch it, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two) and we give it a 4/5.

A great thanks to Disney for sending us there to review the movie!

Photo credits: Disney

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