Pixar is known for their emotionally-captivating narratives and their larger-than-life characters. With successes such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and this year’s Inside Out, it’s hard not to expect great things from The Good Dinosaur. After seeing the film, however, it doesn’t carry that same magic that audiences are accustomed to. Still, The Good Dinosaur promised a visually stunning film, and it delivers on that front. The world of Arlo and Spot comes to life in the vibrant colors and vast landscapes of The Good Dinosaur.
Arlo and Spot’s paths cross when Arlo is swept away by a raging tide, separated from his family. As the two travel together, they become friends and find that their worlds aren’t that different. Honestly, the premise of the film isn’t mind-blowing or exciting. As the title suggests, the film ends up being just good. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
One thing to keep in mind: The Good Dinosaur‘s target audience is kids. However, in today’s moviegoing experience, adults are expecting their children’s movies to be full of depth and enough entertainment value for all audiences. Now, this may be where some older audiences find the film to be lacking. Ultimately, The Good Dinosaur doesn’t have the same depth as other Pixar films like Inside Out. Nevertheless, it does speak to the importance of family and the desire to create your own legacy. For Arlo, the journey throughout the film is what leads him to make his own mark in the world.
The Good Dinosaur may not end up being in the Top 10 Best Films of the Year, but it is a good film about moral values. What did you think of the movie? Leave your comments down below!