When I sat down to watch this movie, I really thought I would be watching something at least remotely educational. After all, the Walking with Dinosaurs TV series was a serious BBC documentary. Okay sure, the trailer and the movie posters indicated that this would be a touch more child friendly and there would be a definite story involved but it was nothing at all like I expected.
The visuals were spectacular and awe-inspiring. You really did feel you were walking with dinosaurs. The look, the feel, the noises, the colours …… all were everything I imagined they would have been 65 million years ago.
What was lacking was the actual story.
This is the tale of Patchi, the runt of the litter who manages to show that the good guy doesn’t always end up last. His father is the herd alpha male and his brother Scowler is the heir in waiting (not heir apparent as alpha males fought for the top job). Patchi is trying to win the affections of the cute and perky Juniper when disaster strikes and they are separated from their herd. Told from the perspective of Alex, a bird/dinosaur, it is a simple and familiar tale.
But that is just the problem. The story is so naive and simple that only the very youngest of moviegoers will really enjoy it. Mums and dads will endure it for the sake of their kids but this is no kid’s movie with a wink, wink aspect just for the adults in the cinema. It felt so contrived and naive that I was checking my watch after only 30 minutes or so.
There are some funny moments….. like the joke about the T-Rex relatives tiny hands….. but they are few and far between. I just dont understand how this movie managed to snag the Walking with ….. moniker and be so very different to the rest of the series/franchise.
The little dinosaur lovers will adore this movie. It’s cute and just scary enough without causing sleepless nights. It runs less than 90 minutes so you may even get through without a trip to the toilet 🙂 If you can ignore the story and simply enjoy the dinosaurs, you might even want to give this one a look. For the rest of us, there are plenty of other great movies in cinemas at the moment so my advice would be to try one of those.
Love Flick xx
Director : Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale
Starring : Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice, Justin Long, John Leguizamo, Skylar Stone, Tiya Sircar
Running Time : 87 minutes
Release Date : 02 January, 2014