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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

Oh boy. There’ s a curse to having this new, giant, 3D television, and home theater system. Sometimes you scan the “free” On Demand channels, and your 6-year-old wants to watch “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D”. “Okay, let’s give it a try, son”. I’ll tell you this much…the in-home 3D effects are spectacular. It really looks fantastic, and it’s just as impressive as the 3D you experience in the theaters. It seems that, production wise, no expense was spared. However, couldn’t the producers have spent just a few extra dollars on the insipid, juvenile script? I guess you can just look at “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D”, and keep the volume turned down…because that’s what I’m recommending. Hey, I’m a big fan of actor John Leguizamo, and I think Justin Long is a talented guy too. But why the decision to dumb all the voice-over dialogue down for the early grade school demographic? Honestly, couldn’t the attempt have been made to pepper the screenplay with some halfway decent dino banter, to go down with the occasional semi-educational stuff that’s presented? Did anyone give a darn what the parents had to endure? Is this what they thought would keep the kiddies interested? I’m not buying it, and I believe that “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D” could have been a sizable hit, if it had simply trusted its audience more than it does. Instead, it barely broke 36 million domestically…because the word-of-mouth just never rose to any high level. And the “live-action” wraparound story, with Karl Urban, Charlie Rowe and Angourie Rice–is just plain embarrassing. Hey, both my children claimed to enjoy this. But, unlike other movies they’ve seen recently, they never said a word about it after that initial sit. Hey, that’s because, outside of the marvelous 3D, there’s nothing worth talking about. It’s instantly forgettable. And if you decide to watch it “flat”, you can lower the grade another half of a letter.

Grade: C-


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