Ashlee Jensen is a film director, pre-service teacher and children's author living in the beautiful hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
Published January 16th 2014
I love dinosaurs. I have been unashamedly hooked on them since I was 6 years old and watching Jurassic Park under my blankets. So when I noticed the Walking with Dinosaurs 3D movie experience, that was it! I was dragging my boyfriend and we were going.
At the beginning I have to admit, I didn't particularly have high expectations and decided it would more be for the 'cool' experience of seeing 3D technology used on an awesome subject: the prehistoric. My boyfriend was indeed sceptical and I promised him it would be like a fun 'ride' as I dragged him into it.
As the film started I had my doubts, to me the beginning took some getting used to, although for the target audience of young families and children, it's a clever way to establish it's loose documentary style.
After I was accustomed to the fact the film was narrated, and every now and again it paused to introduce new species and the definitions of each animals name, it was a joy.
The 3D is fantastic, the best I have seen since the spectacular Caesar in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. The technology they use for 3D experiences has improved so much I found it didn't blur and neither of us experiences any ill feelings as some bad 3D can bring on.
The narration from a delightful prehistoric bird provides an overarching story, factual information and humour when it is needed. I became attached to the characters, which is exactly what you want to get out of a film: if you don't care for the characters whether they be animated or not, what's the point?
And I was not the only one either as I became increasingly aware my boyfriends former death looks for dragging him into something he assumed he wouldn't like changed into gasps and hand squeezes as we battled our way through the wilderness with our main dino.
I'm not saying this movie will win Oscars, but its funny, sad, exciting and at times scary. If you have kids and you want to provide something that's entertaining and also intellectual then delve into the world of dinosaurs with them.
I can guarantee that apart from enjoying the journey to a world we will always find fascinating, you will learn something as well, and learning that's enjoyable is always the best kind.