My Pet Dinosaur, Entertaining Yet Familiar Concept
My Pet Dinosaur, Universal Family Friendly Creature Feature
• Release Date: October 2018
• Release Format: DVD, VOD
• MPAA Rating: N/A
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My Pet Dinosaur follows a group of friends (Jake, Abbie, Charles, Max, and Dylan) who wander into a forest area on the hunch extra-terrestrials exist. Abbie collects a mysterious substance she shows to Jake, hoping he will analyze it and figure out what it is. Jake spills his drink, and the contents mix with the contents of the substance, making a chemical reaction. This results in creating a dinosaur species.
Jake and Magnus (the dinosaur) gain an awkward friendship that’s soon interrupted by everyone around them. Yet, the most threatening is military personnel. This leads to a disturbing discovery that the military is behind these prehistoric species that are popping up like mutations.
My Pet Dinosaur, while entertaining, is familiar and predictable. It’s the film we’ve seen countless times with the same story and the same outcome. The only thing that’s changed is the characters. Think of productions such as Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park. Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders‘ How To Train Your Dragon. Even Matt and Ross Duffer’s Stranger Things. Matt Drummond’s My Pet Dinosaur finds a home with these productions and other like-minded productions.
In the art of film-making, in the Modern Day, attention to concept, story, and originality is of utmost importance. Fast-forward decades since the birth of cinema and film production, we are in a time where just about every concept under the sun accomplished. Filmmakers will have to reach into the depths of their creativity to produce and introduce a concept that conjures innovation.
With key observation to concept and story buildup here, My Pet Dinosaur offers nothing new or innovative to the genre. The base premise of estranged families that leads to kids gaining rebellious attitudes, wandering off into random territories to discover things they should leave alone seems to be a universal language with these sorts of productions. Also, the high level of influence government officials have in these scenarios are of high popularity with the audience. In sum, Matt Drummond’s production has starting essentials for a promising production, yet the story could use a change in direction for innovation’s sake.
Next, to concept and story, the delivery of this production is aimless. Events that take place in My Pet Dinosaur scatter and there’s no rhyme or reason to them. Things happen by chance and there’s no explanation. Creatures pop up with no side story or direction how. It’s clear the military are the culprits here, but there is no back story to explain this angle.
My Pet Dinosaur is entertaining. It’s a film you’ve already seen before and it is predictable. I list the aforementioned productions, however, there is a high influence from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I felt like I was watching the same film, but instead of an alien, it’s a dinosaur. A change in direction and story would bring this production higher in the ratings.