The Good Dinosaur
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Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 27 December 2015, 11:45am
Running time: 101m
Country: United States
Classification: PG (Mild themes and threat, some scenes may scare young children)
Release date: 26/12/15
Cost: $15 (Classic member)
Rating: 9.5/10 (5/5 ME, 4.5/5 DP)
Dinosaur Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) lives a simple with his parents Henry (Jeffrey Wright) and Ida (Frances McDormand) and siblings Buck (Marcus Scribner) and Libby (Maleah Padilla) on their corn farm. While his siblings have made their mark (literally and figuratively), Arlo has difficulty achieving any success while he’s being held back by his fears. Given the task of protecting the silo from ‘critters’, Arlo unsuccessfully tries to capture young boy Spot (Jack Bright) who has been eating the family’s corn supplies. When Arlo finds himself away from his family, an unlikely friendship emerges between him and Spot as they each search for home.
More like Up than Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s latest screen offering and provides a delighting and charming film from start to finish. There was never any doubt that the masters of contemporary animation would create something visually splendid, but that’s only half the story. The simple but engaging story provides the perfect setting for the clever and through characterisations to shine. The performances are more than the script and the voice, and the animators have been able to move beyond the extremes of emotion to create characters that are subtle, detailed, complex and thoroughly believable. It’s easy to forget that this is a story about dinosaurs as the best and worst of humanity play out in a story that is often moving and occasionally traumatic though ultimately joyful. Although humorous at times it doesn’t rely on prehistoric pun or jurassic jokes to maintain the momentum, and there are some very poignant moments that will have you reaching for the tissues.
It can be easy to dismiss animated features as being films created for children and families but The Good Dinosaur is one of those rare animated gems that doesn’t rely on subtext to entertain a reluctant adult audience who are taking children along to provide context for the merchandise. It is an amazing film experience that brings together a story of great originality with great performances with clear and deliberate direction. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it receive some Oscar nominations next month including a nod for Best Picture. Highly recommended. (ME)
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