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Disney Pixar takes us back to the prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and humanity was still losing their minds over fire and wheels in “The Good Dinosaur.” It is a beautifully animated movie that just falls short of being memorable.
In “The Good Dinosaur,” a young Apatosaurus named Arlo is having a normal dinosaur day. However, his day is completely thrown out of whack when he discovers a caveman human. Against all odds, the two of them become friends and go on an adventure where they must face their fears and trust each other. Throughout the movie, their friendship blossoms and they grow up together.
“The Good Dinosaur” shines is in its animation. The movie is beautifully animated, and you won’t want to take your eyes off the screen. However, that’s about all of the positive aspects of the movie end. “The Good Dinosaur” lacks an intriguing story, just being a lot of things that happen to the unlikely duo. The voice acting, despite featuring some big names such as Sam Elliot, Anna Paquin, Jeffrey Wright and Frances McDormand, is also poor, taking away from the intense and emotional scenes.
The Big Short thumbs up
“The Big Short” went under a lot of people’s radar, as it didn’t start advertising itself until a month before its release. Despite this, I was more excited about this movie than any other movie in 2015, so entering the theater, my expectations were high. Luckily, “The Big Short” completely met my expectations.
It’s the mid-2000s, before the housing bubble burst. Everything seems to be going well; people are getting lots of loans and the banks are getting lots of money. Everyone is happy. However, there is something fishy going on with these loans that isn’t being seen on the surface. The loans are bad and most people are going to lose everything they have. Even though it was unexpected, four people saw it coming: Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt). Using these predictions, the four of them decide to go against the banks and short the stocks.
The four leads give electric performances, especially Bale and Carell. The Big Short is filled with laughs, education, near perfect acting and an eye opening to the economic crisis that tore the country apart in 2007.
Sisters thumbs down
To kick off the end of 2015, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attempted to combine their comedic genius and make a movie. Unfortunately, the two comedic minds came up with “Sisters.”
In “Sisters,” two siblings, Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey), find out that their parents plan to sell their childhood home and they need to go back home to move some old belongings. While Maura, the calmer, more down-to-earth character, completely understands, Kate, who is spastic and wild, throws a temper tantrum like a four-year-old and decides to act rebellious. Kate convinces Maura that to say goodbye to their old childhood home, they should throw a party. They invite old high-school friends, buy supplies, do a bunch of childish things and eventually set up for the inevitable rager. As every single movie of this type goes, the party starts off well, but eventually things take a turn for the worst and the two get themselves into trouble.
I like Poehler and Fey, and their on-screen chemistry is obvious, but that’s where the good aspects of the movie end. The two characters are completely unrelatable, and the comedy seems too forced. Most of the jokes come off like they’re expecting a punchline, and it takes a lot of the believability out of the movie. Unless you really want to watch Poehler and Fey act like unconvincing teenagers, I wouldn’t recommend going to see “Sisters.”