Movie review: The hero in us
The movie ‘Walking with Dinosaurs 3D’ feels like you are transported back in time, at the end of the Cretaceous Period, 70 million years ago – to what is now as the state of Alaska in the United States. The story revolves around the adventures of Patchi ( voiced by Justin Long), from the family of Pachyrhinosaurus dinosaurs (from the Greek word for “thick-nosed lizard)”. Patchi is an unfailingly optimistic underdog dino, who has an insatiable curiosity that gets him into trouble most of the time and leaves him with a defining physical trait – a bite-hole in his frill. Together with his best pal, Alex (John Leguizamo), a prehistoric parrot Alexornis, they go from one scrape to the next.
Alex is the narrator of the story which is actually quite funny since he has this awful Spanish accent. He is, however, my favorite character because he is wise, guiding his friend Patchi.
Despite the bullying of Patchi’s big brother Scowler, who wants to succeed his father as the leader of the herd and steal his girl, Juniper, Patchi does not hate him. Patchi always put others first before himself. He wants to be a hero just like his father, who died saving him and Scowler during their first migration. Patchi shows the same courage and compassion when his brother Scowler has an encounter with Gorgon, the fearless leader of the Gorgosaurus. Instead of leaving him to die, Patchi risks his life to save his brother and the entire herd as well.
The movie has a great storyline and has great lessons to teach to kids, lessons on what it really means to be a hero, on having inner strength, tenacity and courage. I also like the fact that the movie is educational too. If you are interested in dinosaurs, this is a good movie to learn about them. All of the dinosaurs and birds are identified by species and are classified as herbivore (plant-eating), carnivore (meat-eating) or omnivore (eats both meat and plants).
And it is very interesting to see the migration of the Pachyrhinosaurus herd alongside the other dinosaurs. They would travel from north to south in search of a food source and more favorable environmental conditions. They would have to pass through dangerous routes and evade fearsome predators, just like the Gorgosaurus alley.
Not only do I learn a lot from prehistoric dinosaurs’ way of living and got a glimpse of how they walked on earth, and the different kind of species, I am also able to enjoy the 3D effects. The special effects used in the movie is superb, a ‘you-are-there’ experience. While watching, it seems like I was walking alongside the herd and that I, too, have survived those nasty Gorgosaurus’ sharp teeth!