Sunday, 12 January 2014

Movie Review - Walking with Dinosaurs


The eye moves!
   I watched the original Walking with Dinosaurs series with my nephew online (with lots and lots of buffering).  It was a solemn and dignified faux documentary on the prehistoric era, following parts of the lives of multiple dinosaurs.  It was dense with information, told in an academic tone and serious demeanor.  The only humorous bits would be the occasional breakage of the fourth wall and rare amusing antics of young dinosaurs.

Young Patchi.
   The new Walking with Dinosaurs follows the adventures of Patchi the pachyrhinosaurus and his family as told by Alex the alexornis bird.  Patchi butts heads with his older brother Scowler and gets coy with his lady friend Juniper.  He also faces tragedy, betrayal and triumph as he goes with the herd migrating back and forth during the cold and warm seasons.
Bad joke, coming up.
   This new variation of the Walking with Dinosaurs loses the quiet dignity of the original by being hip and modern with its dialogue.  It references phrases and jokes supposedly up-to-date with the younger crowd today.  It may succeed with getting cheap laughs but it will eventually date what could have been classic film.  Still, the kids viewing the film will get their giggles.
It's his fault for flying so low really.
   It's hard to praise the CGI as it is already pretty flawless.  The march of technology never fails to marvel.  The solemn wonder garnered by dinosaurs brought to life is a little lost as this feat of computer imagery is becoming common place, plus the humor lessens the impact of astonishment.
Won't anybody think of the children?
   The story is a given.  The trailer gives enough of the plot to give it away, oh deer.  Bam! Bi going with the scenes, you know what's going to happen.  What is a little surprising is the deaths as it is part of the dinosaur's life, though the important characters are glossed over.
Dinosaurs on ice!
   The source material had pseudo and not-pseudo information (?) on the dinosaurs, all told as if it was fact and not unproven fiction (perhaps).  The new film adds only the barest of this educational aspect, only naming the creature at the very least.  More info would have been welcome, even told by the grating narrator that is John Leguizamo.
I got a hole in my head!
   Walking With Dinosaurs 2014 pales in comparison to the original but it is sure to be enjoyed by young children for its simple story and beautiful graphics.
Fight, fight, fight!
SPOILERS!!!  Don't read unless you've seen the movie or Gorgosaurs will get you!
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Just passing through
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Nice weather we're having.
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   The humans book ending the movie weren't needed.  And if there had to be present, honestly, the tooth?  Patchi's hole in the head skull would be more in tune to the main character, though more gruesome.
Sibling rivalry.
   The bullying aspect of Scowler could be been done better.  So Patchi fought his brother and lost.  What do you do next?  At least the beating of the Gorgosaurs was better.  You have to get friends to help overcome bullies.  There's nothing said about the verbal aspect though.
It brings out the color of your eyes.
   It didn't show that the mother and the other babies died, how sad.  
Move 'em out!
   Alex was almost annoying, honestly.  Funny but still annoying.  If he talked with a British accent, I don't know if I would have liked I better.
The hole distinguishes Patchi from the others.  When you see it anyway.


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