Out Of Theatre

The Good Dinosaur

Out Of Theatre
04 Dec, 2015 1 hr 42 mins U
Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, Bill Hader, Frances McDormand, Lucas Neff, Carrie Paff
In terms of story, The Good Dinosaur suffers a beating. It is far from novel and the writing is lazy.

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Story : Millions of years ago, a family of dinosaurs lived together in their happy farm. Henry and Ida had three beautiful children - Libby, Buck and Arlo. The story traces the timid Arlo's journey from fear to freedom.

Review : From the first frame, you'll instantly lose your heart to the vividly animated, bright milieu here. Arlo's world is moulded with rich colours and the film's animation is one of the best in recent times. Some shots of the forest, the snow-capped mountains and the river are beautifully done. But, in terms of story, The Good Dinosaur suffers a beating. It is far from novel and the writing is lazy.

Often heartfelt, sometimes slow but mostly engaging, Arlo's story is overwhelming only in parts. There are many scenes in the film that will move you to tears and the best one does so sans dialogues. Arlo befriends Spot (the critter who's eating up their food stocks). The Neanderthal baby and the kiddy dino fight for each other, protect each other and share their pain with each other.

To his credit, director Peter Sohn cleverly camouflages the flaws with his captivating vision, lacing the narrative with sweet human emotions. It is genuinely heartfelt and extremely moving to see Arlo's father's faith in him. Poppy, as he addresses his daddy, maintains, "You are me and much more."

But the star of the show is the tiny critter, who is simply adorable. He walks on all fours, lives without inhibitions and helps make a hero out of Arlo. Their relationship is tenderly tackled and manages to give us a few sublime moments.

The story loses plot once it adopts a Jungle Book approach. The duo hop from one corner of the forest to another, beating floods and storms, meeting animals of different shapes, sizes and colours. It is predictable but that's not such a bad thing when done right. Our hero learns his lesson and manages to 'make his mark'. The same cannot be said about the film that, nevertheless, is a delight to watch.

Avg Users’ Rating 3.5/5 ( 145 users )
Tanvi Goel
A wonderful movie where for the first time animals are eating animals for survival has been shown. Very beautiful animation and I would call it a must watch.
SN Kannan
Oh well, a nice cartoon which will keep the kids happy and engaged. Another assembly line production from Disney house, with no real passion or enthusiasm. Looks more like Disney had to get this off their production line asap and hit the streets. But then its for kids...hey, ok ?
Mauli Agarwal

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