For me this was a blemish in Pixar's outstanding record.
It fell below the originality and animation standards they are known for.
'The Good Dinosaur' is basically 'The Land Before Time' merged with 'The Lion King' and 'Life of Pi' with a pinch of 'Brother Bear'.
There is a certain uniqueness to the alternate reality in which dinosaurs are dominate over humans but the believability wasn't there. The storytelling was heartwarming, tear jerking even at a couple of points but one dimensional, lacked some sustanince and development and full of cliches.
Admittingly, however, there are some cliches I'm a bit of a sucker for and Arlo himself was one of those. I thought him rather adorable actually and his affection for Spot gave me some strong feels.
One thing I'll grant storywise is that where Arlo/Spot relationship is left is NOT what I'd expected in a GOOD way. What they did there was smart and the most in depth part of the whole film.
It was by no means a disappointment but also not impressive.
Witches seem to be least popular creature in the supernatural world, you don't see much of them in the entertainment industry especially as the lead species. So it's nice to see them get a bit of attention and 'Beautiful Creatures' is a refreshing brand though I don't see it being the next big franchise. It wasn't promoted and is not talked about. I happened to enjoy the book quite a bit, am on the second of the series now. It has it's cliches but also it's unique points such as that it's the female lead who is the supernatural character instead of the male as is common.
The film however while enjoyable is a poor adaption of the book, one of the poorest I have seen in fact. Key details of the story were either changed in unappealing ways or left out completely which greatly weakened it. I applaud the casting choices of Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine which is the main reason the film is worth watching. Brilliant performances.
Not entirely impressed with this film. It seemed to not make complete sense and seemed somewhat random AKA lacking plot.
but I ADORE the song at the end, however have no idea what it is. I have tried with failure to locate someplace online that can provide a song list for this film.
it's the one containing the line "I have sense enough to realize that I don't know how to let you go."
If anyone knows the name of this song and the artist who sings it or just the name of the song I would highly appreciate it.
(see also, my Twilight review)
Although not my favorite of the books, I found I enjoyed this film a great deal. It was brilliantly directed; the settings, and the makeup were far more vivid and beautiful than Twilight. Edward's paleness looks a lot more vampire like as opposed to Twilight where it was barely there, giving him too much of a human appearance. And of course far better accuracy to it's book.
I also felt Kristen's performance had improved from Twilight, proving that she can in fact show emotion although some emotional moments were still stronger than others. My favorite was during the volturi fight when Felix is about to tear Edward's head off and she screams 'No, no Please, PLEASE!" That alone was an award winning moment of hers for me. The whole fight was brilliant, it didn't exist in the book but was understandably needed due to the depressing theme of the rest of the story, an action relief was clever.
I also found it clever how it was addressed that there are more Edward fans than Jacob by having his image appear along with his voice. I enjoyed that, so that you could also see the pain in his ghostly face as he watches the love of his life deliberately put herself in danger. Speaking of which the goodbye scene was brilliantly performed on Robert's part. He did an excellent job of showing that the moment was killing him but subtly for the audience only since Bella is not supposed to realize he's lying. He never looks directly at her or into her face as he performances that whole scene, and the look of pain as he kisses her forehead goodbye was wonderful.
I am not one of the bigger fans of Jacob however I do enjoy Taylor Lautner a great deal and he performs Jacob quite well. He had a lot of deep/emotional scenes in this film which I felt he nailed. I seriously want to punch his wolfie guts out every time I see the scene where he tells Bella they can't be friends anymore in the pouring rain. It's very believable and the CGI animation of the wolves is brilliant.
I of course still had my problems with it, which is why it looses half a star. First of all, there was slightly too much fan service such as the almost kisses between Bella and Jacob. That is not supposed to be anywhere near until Eclipse, had they not been interrupted both times I would be far more irritated than I am with that. Also when Jacob removed his t-shirt to pat her head when she took a tumble off the motorcycle. I have not read the books since the first movie in Nov-Dec 2008 but I don't remember that in the New Moon book. I believe it was Jacob fan service. And I won't be completely biased. I ADORE shirtless Rob but they did draw that out a bit with the slow motion and then the robe he is given a few minutes later totally hardly covers those gorgeous abs. I LOVE it because I am a Rob/Edward lover but I won't deny that there was fan service there.
There were also a couple of moments that bugged me. First of all was Bella jumping on the back of that to use Jessica's word, homie's motorcycle. THAT I completely remember NOT being in the book and it totally beyond stupidity. Bella would NEVER do that, she is too shy and meek at least on the inside and she is totally smarter than that. I don't even think she was supposed to approach them, only begin to.
The other thing was the vote scene, when it's Carlisle's turn to speak his opinion.
"You chose not to live without her, which gives me no choice, I won't lose my son."
It's the right information, but I am pretty sure it was not presented in this manner in the book and it's not Carlisle. Here it sounds like he's blaming her for would be taking Edward away from the Cullen's. Or that is how it recently came across to me as I last watched it online last week. So that has recently officially began to just bug me now. I don't like this line.
I also missed the scene where we find out about Edward's change and his mother. But understandably cut.
Overall enjoyable and beautifully done, and I can't wait to receive my pre-ordered copy in the mail this week. :)
I hope the same brilliance can be achieved with Eclipse, but from the trailer I have seen that does not appear to be a high concern. :)
I must say I was completely surprised by this film, I initially had 0% interest but as with Twilight the hype infected me with curiosity. I found myself constantly wondering even before deciding fully to see it what is was about this film that was making it so huge that it became the first film to defeat Titanic in the box office.
It even got to my mom, she is highly influenced a lot of the time by her best friend at work, and so she took an interest as well.
So back to my being completely surprised; the natives and creatures of Pandora were absolutely incredibly creative and graphics astounding. I also found it added something interesting to the film to have the main character, Jake Sully be a paraplegic. Seeing him transition from almost helpless, to forest jumping, warrior avatar was interesting to watch.
The storyline however I felt was partially weak as it was very cliche. The same friend of my mother's mentioned above told my mom who then told me as we waited outside the theater to enter that the story was similar to 'Pocahontas'. I very easily recognized how she felt that way particularly in the natives vs. the humans scene, but also in the love affair between the two main characters. It was a lovely story but I felt they could have been a little more original with it. Much like Disney's 'Treasure Planet' is basically a sci-fi makeover of the classic 'Treasure Island', this film is pretty much the same of 'Pocahontas'. As time continued to pass in this film's life I am now noticing that more and more people are seeming to notice this and the high praise is slightly dropping. That and stronger, more loved movies are now defeating it. I believe Dear John has now managed to defeat this film. It had a pretty short lived high life. Personally I can't tell why from the commercials. It looks horribly tragic.
Anyway, overall I did very much enjoy this film and am glad I gave it a chance.
Wow, I had this pegged from the commercials as pretty tragic but they really blind sight you. If however you look in between the lines you can see a beautiful story of how tragedy can bring two people together who can bring each other in from the dark. Robert Pattinson of course does it again, giving a brilliant performance as Tyler Hawkins. He is a very dedicated actor with an amazing talent for really getting under the skin of a role and capturing the emotions and thoughts of his characters. He makes you not only believe him but feel him every minute of his performance in this film such as the quotes he uses as he writes to his deceased brother; 'our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch' being my favorite leads you right to the message but without you even seeing it for the big picture it truly is. The suspense and surprise was perfect. And although it ends tragically, it was a brilliant climax and display of a hard but very true message about living for the moment and not allowing those you love to become out of reach.
Not to mention this has to be Robert's sexiest role thus far, damn does he have some heavy HOT moments in this film that made me want him even more than I already did <3!
Unless deep tragedy bothers you this is a must see for all, and Robert fans will not be disappointed, this is one brilliant Robert role NOT to miss. This by the way is coming from a huge Robert fan who initially found this film to look too dramatic for even my taste and I do enjoy drama and romance.
I know how many haters there are out there and some of their ways peeve me although I wish not to disrespect them. I adore this series, it completely captured me after I had had such little interest in giving it a try. The reason was simply that I had not been a vampire person before, but when I begun seeing the commercials for this film I had to know what the fuss was about. It had me hooked before I had it to the checkout counter.
I loved it's uniqueness, and imagination and I happen to be a total sucker for mushy romance.
The film while I enjoy it in it's own way, I wish could have been more accurate to the book. All but one of my favorite scenes/moments were either barely there or not at all(which accounts for this film's lost stars in my rating). But alas, aside from Kristen Stewart seeming to have a problem showing a lot of emotion, it was brilliantly acted and the first performance where Robert Pattinson captured me(and pretty much his first performance of mine period, prior to Twilight I hardly noticed him as Cedric Diggory sadly). He has great talent, even my mom agrees that he produces an excellent American accent and I adore his singing of 'Let Me Sign' and 'Never Think'. I do wish he would do more soundtrack singing.
Overall I very much enjoy this film.
Also check for my review of New Moon, coming up in a moment.
I have just returned from seeing it with my friends. I thought it was really sweet. The story was very interesting and a little startling to think about humankind ending up like that. Especially when the runners of that company/program didn't have to encourage the behavior with the hover chairs and junk food. They even had a pool area.
But the relationship between Wall.E and Eve was wonderful and breathtaking. It even begins right at the beginning when Wall.E was watching the scene in Hello Dolly where a man and a woman were holding hands and singing romantically. You could tell from just that one moment how lonely he was and how much he wanted to love someone. Throughout the entire movie the emotions were so strong, you could almost feel with the characters every time Wall.E and Eve were together.
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It made my throat sting at the end when she gave him all new parts, but when he woke up he only knew his original function and couldn't remember her.
I definitely recommend this film to anyone, its a film of limited talking but it doesn't need a lot of words to get its message and feeling across. Wall.E and Eve have a kind of love that I believe will touch anyone.