Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie: Movie Review

"Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie" is no doubt a visual feast. The mix of impressive dinosaur CGI super-imposed on real settings give this film an unbelievable graphical quality and clarity. If you want to see and feel how dinosaurs might have roamed eons ago, then this is the film that could top everything else since. Regrettably, the film emphasizes too much on visuals alone and completely saddles on the other important aspects of making a successful film. A visual feast yes and an educational film it could but an entertaining big screen movie about the late Cretaceous period it is not.

Patchi (voiced by Justin Long) is a tenacious and courageous Pachyrhinosaurus who is born the runt of the litter. He is joined by Alex (voiced by John Leguizamo) a colourful and gregarious bird who likes to hold court. There is also Scowler (voiced by Skyler Stone) who is Patchi’s ambitious older brother intent on becoming the leader of the herd and finally Juniper (voiced by Tiya Sircar), a feisty female Pachyrhinosaurus who is swept into the adventure. Patchi must draw on all of his courage, optimism and tenacity up to the point of risking his life to get to his ultimate goal - not only to becoming the leader of the herd but to win the love of his life back.

"Walking with Dinosaurs" is a film heavily confused on who it wants to pleases. It wants to be witty and funny and yet it wants to be educational at the same time. It wants to be a realistic film but it also has that undeniably dead and uninspired voice-overs that completely ruin the experience. This film is certainly trying to be a jack-of-all-trades but a jack-of-all-trades film does not make a great movie. In fact, minus the extremely well done visuals, of which key moments are simply astounding to experience and behold (especially on 3D), not much can be said about the film's positives. First, the narrative was okay. It was good enough but it lacks that deep emotional aspect that sticks with the audiences and it has that "that was it?" vibe. Second, the educational aspects are not well-implemented. The film stops and a kid voice-over introduces a certain species and its scientific name and what-not. We get the intention but it is certainly jarring and could have been done more discreetly. Third and the biggest downside to this film are the voice-overs. Most if not all of the cast sound uninspired. The film's take on realism also means that the voice-overs are not lip-synced to the characters. Again, we get why this was made that way but it could have been implemented differently. This film needed a lot of thought and definitely the impressive visuals is leagues ahead of everything else it has to offer.

Rating: 2 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the visuals are definitely impressive and the only shining gem in this film

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film's voice-over actors were dull and uninspired

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