Dinosaur-Extinction Level Events Have Never Been So Much Fun
Death from above has never been so much fun, fun, fun. Nice and cutesy dinosaur's try to survive against the meanie dinosaurs and oh yeah there is a near planet killing size asteroid in the mix. I will simply not bore you will the other details. This is a script that a lot of folks were forced to put a lot of work into and that script just didn't deserve it. Pure and simple this is a movie, for young children, not for adults. Now, if you want some eye candy to show off a home theater, then Dinosaur is a good bet, but otherwise it is simply not very enthralling.
To be direct to the point, the only real meat to talk about in this film is the animation which is, at times very good, and at other times a little flat. The success of this film, topping the $300 million mark worldwide, is mostly due to the simple fact that it is a safe, conventional, kid-focused high-profile animation about a topic that most kids love—dinosaurs. That pretty much sums it up, eye-candy for the kiddies. However, when I saw the film, most of the kids were pretty bored, and it was pretty clear afterwards that most of the audience members both children and adults alike were pretty disappointed. Dinosaur was highly profitable, so where is the sequel? It is a pretty sure bet that with the climbing budgets of Hollywood films the executives have wisely thought twice about cranking out a sequel. However, don't be surprised if someday we see a lower quality direct to video money grab.
I'm sure a lot of talented people worked pretty hard to get Dinosaur to the screen, yet in the end the script was just so refried and unimaginative that its little more than a baby-sitter.
Story D (What story. Just collecting a paycheck.)
Acting B (The only other highlight beyond of the animation is the voice acting of D.B. Sweeney and Ossie Davis.)
Visuals B+ (Dinosaur has its moments visually as much of the animation is top-notch, yet strangely inconsistent at times.)
Enjoyability Grade C-/B- (Adults will be bored but younger children will have a good enough time. Dinosaur just doesn't stack up against other animation classics.)
Home Theater/HD Factor B+
Overall Grade C-/B- (Again a C- for adults and older children and a B- for the kiddies. I had high hopes for Dinosaur but in the end it was just a cardboard cut out of what it could have been. If you want a much better film of this type go for Ice Age.)