The Good Dinosaur review

Peter Sohn
Raymond Ochoa
Jack Bright
Sam Elliot
Jeffrey Wright
Frances McDormand
Rated: PG

“The Good Dinosaur” follows the story of what appears to be a young brachiosaurus (even though it never clarifies) who is the smallest in his family. The young dinosaur named Arlo (Ochoa) tries help his family with chores but keeps messing up. Things get worse when he is swept away in a river by a storm.

This leaves Arlo stranded and needing to find his way back to his family with the only help coming from a young human boy.

Pixar’s latest film is a far cry from this summer’s brilliant “Inside Out” and for the most part is what I like to call a babysitter movie. It’s one that a parent can put on for a child and let them watch for an hour and a half and not have to pay much attention to it.

The story is extremely rushed with the movie introducing new characters every 15 minutes and the main character arc playing out predictably. On top of that, the plot was weak when compared to some of the other recent animated films that have come out. Sure, some moments of the adventure can be fun, but most of the movie is so by the books that it becomes a movie where you check your watch.

The characters aren’t really that memorable, either. There are no stand out villains and besides having a fear of most things, Arlo isn’t that interesting of a protagonists.

The voices in the movie are alright. Sam Elliott plays a character with a few solid scenes and Ochoa is fine as the main character. Other than that, though, nothing really stands out and some of the voices were a bit too over the top in some cases, too.

Likely the best part of the movie is the animation. The scenery such as the water and the forests showcased in the movie are all gorgeous to look at and help bring the whole movie to life.

Overall it’s not as if “The Good Dinosaur” is a bad movie, but in this day and age (especially from Pixar), it just feels underwhelming. It’s an OK adventure movie for kids with a nice moral about being brave with some good visuals, but much of the depth and subtleties that are found in other animated movies these days were missing here. 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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