I stayed in my residence room during the winter break without going anywhere due to the pandemic. Watching movies was the only thing fun for me at that time, and among all the movies I watched during the winter break, “The Good Dinosaur” is the one I love the most.
What would have happened if dinosaurs had not gone extinct?
“The Good Dinosaur” opens with a different dinosaur civilization in a picturesque environment.
Building a house on a mountain, sowing seeds, and raising poultry, is a hard-working and warm family of herbivorous dinosaurs. When the dinosaur couple’s three children break out of their shells, the most giant egg is expected to be a big one, but it turns out to be a petite, timid little guy named Arlo. He was afraid to leave the house, afraid to feed the chickens, shivering with fear when the wind blew. When his two siblings had already done a great job in pressing their paw prints on the granary, he could only be lost in envy.
One day, the Dad asked Arlo to keep an eye on the grain thief, but for the little wild man who fell into the trap and struggled, the cowardly Arlo not only did not kill him but also let him go. Dad took him away from home to exercise his courage but sacrificed himself to save Arlo’s life when a flash flood came. The sad and angry Arlo chased the little wild man into the stream and drifted far away; from then on, he was forced to face all kinds of hardships and difficulties and set out on the long road home.
This is a simple storyline and a bit clichéd movie. The protagonist Arlo is in danger in the brave, adventure in the growth, all the way through a lot of trouble and hardship, harvest the friendship, grow of courage, and realize the true meaning of life. Although this movie is not a five-star movie in my mind, there are still many places worth watching.
Not only the heroes can be the main character.
The movie characters are delicate and real. The main character, Arlo, is not heroic but a close-by person. It makes me quickly reminded of the “How to Train Your Dragon” Hiccup. They have the same physical weakness, cowardice, and timidity. They experienced the same isolation but gradually became stronger in the face of adversity.
Arlo didn’t want to lose Spot. He didn’t want to be alone and face the fear of the unknown, so he selfishly took Spot for himself and spent the rest of the way telling Spot how much better his home was and how much he would love it. Unbeknownst to him, it was never Spot’s home. He may be happy, but he will never find a sense of belonging.
When was it made me cry? When Arlo finally learned to let go, he gently pushed Spot toward his peers. Spot frowned incomprehensibly and ran toward Arlo. Time and again, Arlo gently pushed Spot away and drew a circle on the ground to enclose them together. Spot finally understood. His eyes are sad and reluctant but with a hint of relief. Perhaps Spot understood that Arlo had grown up, he could walk the rest of the way on his own, and Spot could stop worrying about him. Spot found his family and can leave without worry. And Arlo will indeed also find his own family. They will always have each other in their hearts, in their respective homes, to spend their entire life.
The world out there is lovely.
Although we might think that the outside world is hazardous, there is really a different landscape. Only on the cliffs can you taste juicy and delicious wild fruits. Only at night can you see the sparkling fireflies. Only climbing to the top of the mountain can you see the magnificent sea of clouds beautiful sunset.
When encountering difficulties, bravely face them.
Even strong as Arlo’s Dad will feel have the moment of feeling scared. The most important thing is to face the fear. Indeed, as it says, when a crocodile bites in the face, who can not be afraid of it, but you can not hide, you need to be brave. The bruised and starving Arlo, despite his panic, continued to take one step at a time on his way home. He learned to drive the cattle, learned to swim, learned to let out a hiss, and finally learned to be brave and fearless.
A step forward to grow up.
Everyone has to learn to make sacrifices and face their fears. My parents were afraid of losing me, but they understood that one day I would have to face my life alone, so they pushed me out of the warmth of their home early, hiding their thoughts to let me do what I wanted to do without fear, even if I walked further and further away from them.
When the dust settles, when we are brave enough, when we learn and accept goodbyes, when we all overcome our fears to become better versions of ourselves, we can finally spend a whole life in our own homes. Then I understand that true love is to be not selfish.