The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave full movie review - One of the best LBT sequels
After the horrendous Wisdom of Friends, I was super skeptical about this film. This movie felt like it was being made to cash in on the success of Jurassic World, another NBC Universal product.
The director, Davis Doi, did a good job of bringing that LBT nostalgia and magic back. I found the movie very reminiscent of the earlier films (Parts 2-6), especially for a seemingly unnecessary FOURTEENTH installment. This movie was surprisingly not a bad film.
So what is this movie about? Littlefoot is excited that his father, Bron, is making his annual visit to the Great Valley. However, he learns that his father is trapped in the wilderness when the "fire mountain" erupted, which left the rest of the herd to go on without him. Littlefoot and company decide to venture out into the Mysterious Beyond and try to rescue Bron.
What makes this movie good? For starters, the plot line is actually quite interesting. It's miles better than whatever the heck the writers were thinking back during Parts 11-13. I loved how Littlefoot's bravery was portrayed in this movie. The stress of possibly losing another parent is apparent and is very well-done. Chomper and Ruby actually have a role in this movie and aren't shoved to the side, which I was worried about. Props to the writers for the inclusion of Yutyrannus and Carnotaurus, as well. The pacing is isn't necessarily bad, either. It's well-done enough, and the animation is gorgeous. There are some scenes in which obvious CG makes it slightly jarring to watch, but there are others where the CG actually looks nice.
Overall, this is a nice return to the Land Before Time franchise.