It can either be a good or bad thing when you struggle to find the words to describe a film you have just seen. Unfortunately for Walking with Dinosaurs, speechless was not a good thing. In an attempt to take families on the pre-historic journey when dinosaurs ruled the earth, the educational docu-drama about the behemoth reptiles is released. With random pop-up information about the various dinosaurs featured in the film and incredibly outstanding visuals, that’s about all you’re going to enjoy about this film (if you manage to make it through to the end).
Following the popular theme of the underdog saving the day, Walking with Dinosaurs is the story of Patchi, the runt of the family pack, who embarks on an adventure to try and find his place in the spectacular yet dangerous world. With the help of his feathery friend Alex, he manages to become the hero conquering many obstacles along the way.
Three things killed this film for me (I’m sure there are many more, but I’ll stick to just three).
- Technology is an incredible advantage – we have come a really long way since the release of the first motion picture – we’re in the 21st century for goodness sake, so if the film is going to have some talking animals, by golly we had better see those animals flapping their traps!
- We all know that laughter is the best medicine and it’s always a win, but if you’re going to try and crack a joke or two, the theme of poop and puke is only funny once.
- Storylines are an incredible asset to any film, even if the film is a cartoonish docu-drama, but settling for a weak, predictable paper-thin plot, you’re not going to impress.
So basically, I was disappointed. I was really looking forward to watching a breathtaking film, but instead I got to witness an ambitious yet pathetic effort to merge learning with entertainment that failed miserably. The visuals were amazing though…