the good dinosaur – a very good movie

The Good Dinosaur is the latest Pixar film. It’s about an alternate timeline where the dinosaurs lived and a meteor didn’t wipe them out. The film follows an Apatosaurus named Arlo as he finds his way, not only with his family, but with his world.
The film stars Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Steve Zahn. It was directed by Peter Sohn in 2014, previous to that Bob Peterson was the director.
This is the first time that, along with Inside Out, Pixar has released two feature films in the same year.

The good; the backgrounds are amazing. The opening shot made me second guess, “Did they film real locations and put CG characters in?” Not enough can be said about the look of the landscapes and plant life. I’ll be surprised if someone else doesn’t question the visuals.

The story was a pleasant surprise. It’s not surprising that a Pixar film has a compelling story, but I was not expecting a western. For those that know me, I love the western genre.

The characters are developed extremely well, you get to care for each of them and their motivations are clear and consistent. I challenge you not to find something in these characters that doesn’t resonate with you.

The bad; you’re not seeing this movie. You don’t know what you’re missing.

Oh and kids in the theatres… why don’t parents tell their kids to be quiet? Please don’t ruin my movie-going experience because you’re ruining your kids…

Overall, a gem of a movie. I was not expecting the all the western genre elements sprinkled throughout this wonderful film. Bravo, job well done. Go see The Good Dinosaur in theatres now.

Fade out-
Eugene

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