My oldest daughter had today off from school so I decided to take off from work and spend some time with her.
The weather hasn’t been the greatest, keeping us indoors. So, I sat down with her to watch a movie. Since Halloween is just around the corner, we decided to watch a monster movie, Dinosaurus.
My first choice for a movie was actually Dracula. But, my daughter loves dinosaurs and I thought this film would be one she would like better. However, as it turns out, it was a movie neither of us really enjoyed all that much.
Truth be told, I really wasn’t expecting too much from this movie to begin with. The film was made in 1960 so the special effects were obviously not going to be as good as they were in Jurassic Park. However, the plot, which involved two dinosaurs coming to life on a tropical island and endangering the people there, sounded like it would be entertaining.
The biggest problem with this movie is the plot takes to long to develop. I probably would have been able to overlook the fake looking dinosaurs and the caveman who was more irritating than entertaining if there would have at least been some real action. Instead, the movie just drags. The dinosaurs come to life and rather than the T-Rex causing a real rampage, the bulk of the film is the islanders taking their sweet time evacuating, the caveman getting himself into some trouble and a young boy befriending the brontosaurus because, as we all know, plant eating creatures will forget they are wild animals and always befriend humans instantly.
Quite honestly, by the time the film actually had some real action, I had already lost interest. As for my daughter, I think she was bored 10 minutes into it. Needless to say, I regretted my choice of this movie over the ultimate vampire movie.
Final opinion: Some 1960s horror films are surprising good, even when compared to today’s movies. This one is not one of those movies.
Average Netflix Grade: 2.9 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 2 stars.