When I went to put in the disc for Walking With Dinosaurs, I couldn't help but let out a frustrated sigh. Walking With Dinosaurs begins in the modern day. It sort of follows the story of Ricky (Charlie Rowe) and his younger sister, Jade (Angourice Rice), who are going to dig up Dinosaur fossils with their uncle (Karl Urban). On this exhibition, of sorts, Ricky comes across a rather strange, and talkative, creature claiming to be a dinosaur (John Leguizamo). This dinosaur takes Ricky back to prehistoric time with the intention of teaching him about the once-living creatures that roamed our earth.
Walking With Dinosaurs is, to be fair, a film for very little children. It's a film that's not really aimed at an older audience. In fact, the five year old me would have gone and watched this film a dozen times over on opening weekend, and for that, this film more than likely won't be appearing on my worst films of the year list at the end of the year. But again, this film absolutely failed to captivate any interest in me and therefore it just may appear on that list. It's only safe to say that time will tell.
The film's mind boggling special effects is the only real praise I can give this film. Watching this dinosaurs come to life will bring countless awe-inspiring gasps out of children's tiny mouths. The effects are glorious. The dinosaurs look legitimate, they almost appear to be as if they belong, although not as much as the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park series, but that's a different film entirely. The filmmaker's choice to make the film live-action was, perhaps, one of the only decent decisions made about this film. Having everything in CGI would have made the film feel more like an impressive animation than as a masterful work of digitally adding to what's already there. Unfortunately, nothing else in this film manages to be anything close to decent.
The out of place humour is infuriatingly juvenile. What I failed to understand about this film was why they decided to make it a comedy. This film isn't going to appeal to anyone who isn't a big time fan of dinosaurs, and they don't need a bunch of poo jokes thrown at them as they're already engaged in the topics being discussed. They'd rather see dinosaurs roaring than seeing dinosaurs get caught in trees.
Walking With Dinosaurs' dialogue was distracting. Not only is there forced and cheesy human dialogue at the start and end of the film, and occasionally in-between, but the dinosaurs in the film talk too. Unfortunately, they don't technically talk as none of these dinosaurs ever move their mouths for the whole film. The film appears to have been made without talking dinosaurs, but someone decided in post production that they needed to talk, so they hired actors to record some lines and there's that. It's a series of distracting voiceovers that are hardly in time with the actual film. Surely this can't fool kids, right?
To sum up, Walking With Dinosaurs is an infuriatingly terrible movie that insists on planting in juvenile humour and unnecessary talking dinosaurs to keep their target audience engaged. Thankfully, the special effects were awe-inspiring.